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Louisa area law enforcement to pay tribute to fallen officers in ceremony May 15

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 9:19 pm

In a ceremony two years ago in Louisa County, a boy scout placed wreaths at the base of portraits of officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation into law to proclaim the date of May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Each year on this date, various Law Enforcement Agencies hold a memorial ceremony to pay special recognition to the Law Enforcement Officers who have lost their lives defending our Country.

This year on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office is privileged to once again partner with the Town of Louisa Police Department and the Virginia State Police to host our Third Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be located at the Auditorium/Gym of Moss-Nuckols Elementary School, 2055 Courthouse Road, Louisa VA 23093.

We will pay tribute to Winchester Police Officer Hunter Edwards and VSP Trooper Lucas Dowell, and those officers that have been lost in Virginia in the past ten years, with a roll call of all that have been lost in our area throughout history, including officers from the following counties, Albemarle, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Goochland, Greene, Louisa, Orange, Spotsylvania, Stafford and VSP. We will never forget.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from Delegate, John McGuire and guest speaker Captain Ted Jones, Virginia State Police Division One Commander.

John McGuire is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was first elected in 2017 and represents the 56th district comprising areas to the North and West of Richmond, Virginia. McGuire is a former United States Navy SEAL.

This years’ Guest speaker is Captain Ted Jones, Division One Commander of the Virginia State Police. Captain Jones has served as a member of the 5th Division Tactical Team, Motor Carrier Unit Commander, Legislative Liaison to the General Assembly, and the Virginia Emergency Support Team Leader for Public Safety & Security.

Please join us on this day to honor all police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty while recognizing the families of those fallen officers. May we never forget the sacrifices that are made every day by those whom have pledged to bring protection and safety to our communities.

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