Buckley celebrates National Police Week
By Airman Emily E. Amyotte, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 13, 2014
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Every year, Air Force bases across the world come together to celebrate National Police Week by honoring the men and women who serve, have served and who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
National Police Week is held annually to honor police officers, both military and civilians, who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The week originally started in 1962, when President Kennedy declared May 15 National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls National Police Week.
Team Buckley is scheduled to host celebrations for National Police Week from May 11 through May 17 to include a formal retreat on May 15.
"It honors those who have fallen in our line of work," said Tech. Sgt. David Zondor, 460th Security Forces Squadron training NCO in charge. "It's a day of remembrance. It's a day of never forgetting their sacrifices and what they've done for their local community and their country."
National Police week is not only to remember the fallen police officers, it's also a chance for the community to recognize and thank the men and women serving in law enforcement agencies.
"We like it when the community becomes involved and understands the job we do," Zondor explained. "When they get involved, it means a lot to us."
Law enforcement members do their jobs for their communities and the people they serve. National Police Week gives them the recognition they deserve.
"It's important knowing that prior security forces members that came before us get honored and remembered forever," said Tech. Sgt. Raymond Cantrell, 460th SFS physical security NCOIC. "It honors our 34 past security forces members who gave the ultimate sacrifice and died in the line of duty serving their country -- so the names will never be forgotten."