MARION — Chief Richard Nighelli and the Marion Police Department are honoring fallen officers from near and far during National Police Week this week.
National Police Week takes place this year from May 9-15 and is observed across the country as a way to honor local, state and federal law enforcement officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty.
In honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day on Saturday, May 15, Marion Police will join agencies nationwide in flying its flags at half-staff to honor officers who have given their lives in service to their communities.
“National Police Week is an important time each year for us to pay tribute to officers around the country who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities,” Chief Nighelli said. “I am so grateful to the members of law enforcement, especially the men and women of the Marion Police Department, for their efforts in keeping our communities safe. We are pleased to join our colleagues around the state and country this week in lowering our flags to honor the memory of fallen officers and the sacrifices of their families.”
Every year, between 25,000-40,000 law enforcement officers from around the world would normally gather in Washington, D.C. to pay their respects during a number of planned events. Though this year’s in-person events are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a candlelight vigil will be held virtually on Thursday, May 13 at 8 p.m. to memorialize those who sacrificed all for their communities.