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Celebrating Peace Officers Memorial Day

Celebrating Peace Officers Memorial Day

Happy May 15th! In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed this day as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls to be National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress, National Police Week pays special recognition to local, State and Federal law enforcement officers—particularly those who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

On this day, flags are flown at half-staff in memory of the officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Organizations such as the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA) and Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) come together to commemorate this week and honor the officers.

How can you celebrate Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week and pay homage to officers around the country? Here are some ideas to get started.

1. Thank your local police station.
One simple way to recognize Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week is to thank your local police station. This can be anything from drafting an email, writing a Facebook post or stopping by the station.

Put together a basket of goodies for the officers to enjoy, or, if you have children, have them write handwritten notes thanking the officers for their service. In an often thankless profession, this is a great opportunity to give officers valuable gratitude.

2. Recognize their service.
According to COPS, about 140-160 officers are killed while on duty each year. Today, FOPA will organize the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The event often draws thousands of people from all over the U.S. who come to recognize the service of the nation’s officers.

It will be followed by the placement of a memorial wreath at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall, which features the names of more than 19,000 law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

While it can be pretty difficult to travel all the way to Washington, D.C., you can still recognize the service of officers past and present. Take some time today to share the occasion with your loved ones, learn about the value of the police force or even get to know an officer. The more we understand and share in the significance of peace officers, the more we can appreciate their service for public safety.

3. Use #PeaceOfficersMemorialDay.
Finally, share the news about Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week by posting about it on social media with the hashtags #PeaceOfficersMemorialDay and #NationalPoliceWeek. This will continue to help get the word out about this day and encourage others to get involved. Officers themselves will even be able to see these hashtags and feel the appreciation all across the country.

Today, live an altruistic life by celebrating Peace Officers Memorial Day and continue this week by commemorating National Police Week. Together, we can recognize the officers who have given their lives in service of others, and come together as one in conversation of how to best serve the world.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

Please take precautionary measures... Be safe and stay healthy

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