Today, members of the “We Remember” Memorial Bicycle Trek Across Texas stopped by the Dallas Police Jack Evans Headquarters Building to deliver memorial plaques for the four Dallas Police Officers who lost their lives July 7, 2016. The Memorial Bicycle Trek Across Texas group is a team of cyclists who will cover more than 2,309 miles of Texas soil, visiting each city, town, and county that lost an officer or officers in 2016. Both sworn and non-sworn members of the Dallas Police Department gathered in front of headquarters as the riders arrived and delivered their signature flag, cross, and plaques. The Memorial Bicycle Trek cyclists also delivered a memorial plaque to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department (DART), in honor of their fallen officer who also lost his life July 7, 2016.
The Memorial Trek cyclists have been riding across Texas in honor of fallen law enforcement officers since 1993. Their mission is to bring attention to the daily dedication to duty and self-sacrifice that each of these officers madefor their community and this state. They hope to show the families of Texas’ fallen, that their loved one will always be remembered and honored by all law enforcement officers of this great state.
Below is a video highlighting the 2016 Dallas Police Memorial Service honoring all Dallas police officers who have given their lives while serving the city of Dallas. The ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 12:00 pm.
The Dallas Police Memorial wall is a tribute to honor the fallen officers of the Dallas Police Department who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Unveiled in May of 2001, this magnificent landmark was commissioned by the Dallas Police Foundation and maintained through an endowment. The memorial occupies a prominent site on parkland adjacent to City Hall in downtown Dallas. The upper portion of the structure was designed to allow sunlight to stream through the steel plates on the underside, which bear the badge numbers of the fallen officers. This allows the sun to shine through and project them onto the asphalt paving below.
Today’s ceremony marks the 15th Anniversary at the Dallas Police Memorial site. This ceremony is to preserve the memories of the 80 officers who laid down their lives for the citizens of Dallas. It is also to pay respect to the families who also gave so much. Their memories and sacrifices will never be forgotten.
In recognizing our fallen comrades, we also honor the past and present men and women of the department who have worked tirelessly to provide a safe environment for the citizens of Dallas.
On Wednesday May 18, 2016, the Dallas Police Department will hold services honoring the 2016 Police Memorial Day. This event recognizes the sacrifices made by Dallas Police officers as well as other officers who have given their lives in the performance of their duties. Listed below are the order of events and a brief description of the service.
11:50 AM – March to the Memorial Griffin St. at Young St. to Griffin St. and Akard St.
All former or current police officers, family and/or friends and citizens are invited to join the Dallas Police command staff, honor guard, salute team and other dignitaries in marching from Griffin and Young Street to the Police Memorial site at Akard and Young Street. Free parking will be available in Lot-E located at 600 Memorial Street (Memorial and Hotel).
12:00 Noon – Dallas Police Memorial Service – Young St. and Marilla St.
Service includes a performance by the Dallas Police Choir, the reading of the “Roll Call of Honor”, 21-gun salute, Taps and a fly over by the Dallas Police Helicopter. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the lobby of Dallas City Hall located at 1500 Marilla.
The Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation was formed in 1987 and started to raise money to build the Memorial and offer services. In 1998, a little over 10 years the Foundations to able to convince the legislature to authorize the Memorial and began construction.
It wasn’t till May 10, 1999, when the law enforcement officers and the families of officers traveled from all over the state of Texas to the City of Austin for the Memorial dedication.
Since then, the foundation’s determination to preserve the rich history of Texas law enforcement and provide assistance and support for the families of the fallen officers has remained unequalled. Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, also known as CLEAT, is the founding sponsor of the foundation, which is funded solely by contributions.
The Memorial is located on the grounds of the Texas Capitol, easily accessible from Congress Avenue and 15th Street intersection.