CHARLOTTE COUNTY, FL-The Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation Tuesday that next Tuesday, May 20th will be Charlotte County’s Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Each May, members of the law enforcement communities across the country take time to commemorate their fellow officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their communities. As proclaimed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, May 15 is designated as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it occurs is known as Police Week.
This year, the State of Florida held its commemoration services in Tallahassee on Monday May 5. The national services are being held in Washington, D.C. this week, with the major service on Thursday, May 15.
In their proclamation this morning, as read by District 4 Commissioner Stephen R. Deutsch, the Commission recognized that the “Fraternal Order of Police Robert E. Lister Memorial Lodge 66, each year on the third Tuesday of May, gather to honor and pay tribute to those law enforcement officers who, through their courageous and selfless acts, have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their community.”
Sgt. Michael Wilson, a 21 year veteran of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office who died responding to a domestic violence call on August 5, 2013, will be among those remembered at the national and local services. Wilson was honored during the services in Tallahassee earlier this month.
The local services on Tuesday May 20 will be held at the FOP Lodge, located at 23300 Harper Avenue in Charlotte Harbor at 7:00 pm. Sheriff Bill Prummell and Florida State FOP President James Preston will be among the guest speakers. Presentations will be made by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, the Punta Gorda Police Department’s Honor Guard and Honor Guard members representing the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and the North Port Police Department. Other community dignitaries are expected to attend to remember those lost.
The public is invited to attend.