Springfield police will hold a memorial service on Wednesday as part of National Police Week.
That ceremony will be held right next to the fallen officers’ memorial in front of the police station on Pearl Street.
Among those speaking today include Police Commissioner Barbieri and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
The ceremony is dedicated to the memory of the 17 Springfield police officers who have died in the line of duty, officers who swore to protect the city and its people.
Those officers include Thomas Miller, who died nearly 350 years ago in 1675, all the way to the most recent, officer Kevin Ambrose, who was killed in 2012.
The ceremony will have a memorial roll call, a wreath presentation, and a rifle salute, along with prayers and speeches.
National Police Week originated back in 1962, when president John F Kennedy declared May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day, and that week as Police Week, a chance to honor police officers nationwide who died serving those they swore to protect.
A ceremony similar to what will be on display Wednesday, was held just down the road on Tuesday at Springfield Technical Community College. There, other departments, including members of the Police Chiefs Association, paid their respects.
Family members were also there, including the widow of a Springfield police officer, who died alongside his partner in 1985.
She told Western Mass News that these ceremonies are important because her husband is not coming back.
But then again, neither are the husbands, fathers, and grandfathers of many other families just like hers.
“It does help us, it helps the family knowing that they’re not forgotten and coming together to help each other and rebuilding our lives,” Doris Beauregard-Schecrallah, the widow to Alain Beauregard, said.
Wednesday’s ceremony will begin at 3:45 p.m.
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