22nd Annual Pikes Peak Region Peace Officers' Memorial Day Service and Valor Run

May 14, 2015

On Friday, May 15, 2015, law enforcement agencies and military installations will gather at Memorial Park at 10:00 AM for the 22nd Annual Pikes Peak Region Peace Officers' Memorial Day Service.  The memorial service honors the 30 Pikes Peak area peace officers who have given their lives in the line of duty since 1895.  The keynote speaker for the event is Mike Ensminger, the Sheriff of Teller County.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. This week pays special recognition for those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety of others. On average in the United States, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty every 57 hours, and more than 19,000 have made the ultimate sacrifice.

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, there will be a Valor Run/5K at 9:00 AM on the east side of Memorial Park.  This event is open for the public to participate in or be a spectator at.  This will be the first year law enforcement officers from across the Pikes Peak Region will be participating in Ainsley’s Angels during the Valor Run.  The law enforcement runners will be pushing children in our community with special needs across the finish line. The mission of Ainsley’s Angels is to ensure everyone can experience endurance events, regardless of their disability. Ainsley’s Angels of America aims to build awareness about America’s special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life.  If you would like more information about Ainsley’s Angels, or would like to participate in the Valor Run with an Ainsley Angel, please contact Sheyna Marshall at 202-460-3999 or [email protected].

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