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Centre County Law Enforcement to Honor Fallen Officers at Penn State Ceremony

by on May 12, 2014 12:25 PM

The Centre County law enforcement community will honor police officers killed in the line of duty over the past year during a ceremony Tuesday at Penn State University.

"We're looking forward to honoring the officers who lost their lives in the line of duty," says Penn State Police Chief Tyrone Parham. "We pay honor to their service and sacrifice for the safety of our nation and its people."

Penn State police will host a ceremony at noon Tuesday on the Old Main lawn for county law enforcement officers and the community to honor fallen officers.

During the ceremony, organizers will read a roll call of officers who were killed in line of duty. The ceremony will also include the singing of the national anthem, an invocation, color guard, playing of the taps, and a 21-gun salute by local police departments.

Representatives from county law enforcement departments will be in attendance, and county commissioners will be on hand to sign a proclamation declaring the day "Centre County Law Enforcement Memorial Day."

The local ceremony is held to coincide with National Police Week. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Free parking will be available in the Eisenhower Parking Deck.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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