ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI)-- On Tuesday, more than 200 people came to honor fallen and retired officers who have passed away in St. Charles County.
There was a candlelight ceremony at St. Charles Memorial, along with speakers and officers from police departments throughout St. Charles County. Organizers say it`s important to honor and remember the names of those who serve their community.
President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th National Peace Officers Day in 1962.
One-hundred twenty officers died in the line of duty nationwide in 2012. The only Missouri lawman to be added to this year’s list is Washington County Deputy Sheriff Chris Parsons who was killed last December.
Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Jerry Lee and organizer John Devaney both say the event is helpful to families and friends as they move through the grieving process.
'We just want to thank all of the police officers in St. Charles County and all over the United States that help us every day and keep our communities safe,” said Devaney.
“Any one of these officers at any given time day or night could make that ultimate sacrifice so we would like for the people in this are to appreciate what the police officers do,” said Lee.
Traditionally the memorial is held nationwide during the week of the May 15th, but is recognized a week early so local officers can travel to other events across the country.
For information on Peace Officers Memorial Week: http://policeweek.org/