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Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 15, 2021, as Peace Officers Memorial Day in the State of New York

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J783



Senate Resolution No. 783

BY: Senator ORTT

MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
May 15, 2021, as Peace Officers Memorial Day in the
State of New York

WHEREAS, New York State has long been committed to supporting its
law enforcement professionals; and

WHEREAS, The quality and sanctity of community life are cherished
values, worthy of safeguarding, and this Legislative Body is moved to
honor those individuals who serve to preserve and protect such values,
lauding particularly their unwavering loyalty and dedication in the
daily performance of their duties; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to memorialize
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 15, 2021, as Peace Officers
Memorial Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with National
Police Week; and

WHEREAS, This observance is to recognize National Police Week 2021
and to honor the service and sacrifice of those law enforcement officers
killed in the line of duty while protecting our communities and
safeguarding our democracy; and

WHEREAS, In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation
which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in
which that date falls as Police Week; currently, tens of thousands of
law enforcement officers from around the world gather together on May
15th in Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events
which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice; and

WHEREAS, The Memorial Service began in 1982, as a gathering in
Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law
enforcement; decades later, the event, more commonly known as National
Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of
survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each
year; and

WHEREAS, The National Peace Officers Memorial Service, which is
sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in
a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is
sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
(NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors
(C.O.P.S.); and

WHEREAS, National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000
attendees who come from departments throughout the United States as well
as from agencies throughout the world, providing a unique opportunity to
meet others who work in law enforcement; and

WHEREAS, During National Police Week, the Fraternal Order of Police
DC Lodge No. 1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening which are
open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any
other; and


WHEREAS, New York State built its own Police Officers Memorial at
the Empire State Plaza near the State Capitol Building in the City of
Albany, New York, and holds the annual Remembrance Ceremony to honor the
memory and sacrifice of police officers from around New York State who
have been slain in the line of duty; and

WHEREAS, The Memorial was designed by the New York State Office of
General Services based on a design concept submitted by Colleen Dillon
Bergman, daughter of State Trooper Emerson J. Dillon Jr. who was slain
in the line of duty in 1974 after 16 ยข years of service with the New
York State Police; a quote from Mrs. Bergman's letter is engraved on the
nameplate wall, "It doesn't matter from which department they came, the
feeling of loss is experienced the same"; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when events
such as the dedication of Peace Officers Memorial Day are brought to our
attention, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens
of this great Empire State; and

WHEREAS, May 15, 2021, is designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day,
in honor of all fallen officers and their families; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to commend the
long-standing efforts of law enforcement in the State of New York which
diligently contributes to the efficient operation of our criminal
justice system; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 15, 2021, as Peace
Officers Memorial Day in the State of New York; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York; the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund; the
Concerns of Police Survivors; and the Fraternal Order of Police.

actions

  • 11 / May / 2021
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 20 / May / 2021
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 20 / May / 2021
    • ADOPTED

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