Barletta Resolution Reserves Capitol Grounds for Police Honors

Feb 23, 2016
Press Release
National Peace Officers Memorial Service on May 15, 2016, Beginning of “Police Week”

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today introduced a resolution authorizing the use of U.S. Capitol Grounds for the 35th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition.  The memorial service, sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and its auxiliary, will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2016.  It will mark the beginning of “Police Week,” which is an annual event drawing as many as 40,000 law enforcement officers, their friends, and family to the nation’s capital.  Barletta introduced the resolution in his role as Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.

“The sacrifices of our peace officers, and the sacrifices of their families, should not be forgotten,” Barletta said.  “These officers risk their lives every day to protect our communities and their bravery and selfless services shall not be overlooked by a grateful nation.”

Five law enforcement officers from Pennsylvania lost their lives in the line of duty in 2015.  They were:

  • John James Wilding, Scranton Police Department
  • Eric A. Eslary, Ligonier Township Police Department
  • Paul John Koropal, Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, Investigative Division
  • Lloyd E. Reed, Jr., St. Clair Township Police Department
  • Robert Frances Wilson III, Philadelphia Police Department

The event was begun in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, who signed a proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which the date fell as Police Week.  The service itself began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporter of law enforcement.  Over the decades, the event has grown into National Police Week as it exists now.  For more information on National Police Week and the official events surrounding it, please visit www.PoliceWeek.org.