GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- The nation gathers to remember our fallen officers this week, and the Grand Junction Police Department invites the public to join local law enforcement in honoring them.
Since 1962, a week in May has been set aside to memorialize officers who lost their lives while in the line of duty. Last year, 127 men and women died across the county. Six were from Colorado.
"It's a great event to not only recognize the officers we lost throughout the year, but also to recognize the sacrifices that our officers make all year long," said GJPD Chief John Camper.
The Mesa County Commissioners, Fruita and Grand Junction city councils have all proclaimed May 12-18 to be National Police Week.
On Wednesday, May 15, the public is invited to a flag ceremony at 8 a.m. at the GJPD (555 Ute Avenue).
Later that day, at 6:30 p.m., children will be able to climb around specialized police vehicles during the Touch-a-Truck event in front of the GJPD.
That will be followed by a memorial vigil at 7:30 p.m., which will feature performances by the Combined Honor Guard and the Rifle Salute Team.
Want another way to remember the fallen officers? Wear a blue ribbon and shine a blue light your home or business to show your support.