Annual Newport News Police march, ceremony this week

Posted at 10:43 AM, May 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-08 10:43:58-04

Newport News, Va. – The Newport News Police Department will hold its annual Police Memorial March and Ceremony on Friday, May 10, 2013.

The event will begin with a memorial march from Washington Avenue and 30th Street at noon and proceed down Washington Avenue to City Hall.

Participants in the march include city officials, the Newport News Police Pipe Band, Newport News sworn officers, civilian employees and volunteers, and the Newport News Sheriff’s Department.

Other city departments, along with law enforcement agencies from neighboring jurisdictions, have also been invited to participate. The community is invited to participate in the march and to attend the ceremony to remember those officers who gave their lives while protecting the city and to show their support for those officers who continue to fight the war on crime today.

Following the march there will be a brief memorial ceremony in front of City Hall with remarks by Police Chief James D. Fox and Mayor McKinley Price. The ceremony will also include the Newport News Police Pipes and Drums, the Newport News Police Honor Guard and a twenty-one gun salute by the Department’s rifle team. Taps will be rendered by a member of the United States Army TRADOC Band.

While this visual and moving ceremony is to remember and honor the eleven Newport News officers and all those officers who have died in the line of duty, it is also to recognize and honor those officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect Newport News and communities across the country.