PUBLIC MEMORIAL TO HONOR FALLEN OFFICERS

PUBLIC MEMORIAL TO HONOR FALLEN OFFICERS

Representatives from the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department and several southern New Mexico law enforcement agencies will participate in a horse-drawn procession and memorial service Tuesday, May 15 to honor peace officers who have died in the line of duty.

The Southern New Mexico Fallen Peace Officers' Memorial Service – part of Peace Officers' Memorial Day and National Police Week – begins at 9 a.m. at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.

The memorial service will be preceded by a law enforcement procession and a flag-draped casket carried on a horse-drawn carriage. The procession begins at approximately 8 a.m. Tuesday from the parking lot of the Kmart store on El Paseo Rd. The procession will travel south on El Paseo to the convention center in time for the 9 a.m. Peace Officers' Memorial Service.

The flag-draped casket symbolizes all officers from area federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies who have died in the line of duty. The procession and memorial service are hosted by all federal, state and local law enforcement agencies from throughout southern New Mexico.

Active-duty military personnel from southern New Mexico who have died in the line of duty in the past year also will be honored during the memorial service.

Family and friends of many of the fallen officers will be in attendance. The public is also encouraged to attend.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302.