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On Tuesday May 15, the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office,Texas Department of Public Safety and other surrounding county and municipal law enforcement agencies stood in salute during the 2018 National Peace Officer Memorial Day Fallen Heroes Ceremony.
The flags were raised at half-staff within the parking lot of the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center, as hundreds of law enforcement officers, family members, governmental and non-governmental agency representatives gathered for the presentation of colors followed by a Veneration presentation, helicopter fly over by USCBP Air & Marine and later ended with a friendly ceremonial reception.
As the Pharr Fire Department Bag Pipe players came to an end with the song Amazing Grace, the fallen honored by Hidalgo County were Deputy Sheriff Benito Eduardo Bravo (1987), Narcotics Investigator Manuel Abelardo Segovia, Jr. (1986), Deputy Sheriff Alvin Marcellus Albercht (1942), Deputy Sheriff George Dennett (1935), Deputy Sheriff Sam R. Tidwell (1935) and Deputy Sheriff Jose Vela (1919).
“God bless our fallen heroes as we honor them and their families for their sacrifice,” said Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra. “I’d like to take this time to give a heart-felt thank you to all those who serve and protect.”
Guerra closed with acknowledgement of the family members in attendance and thanked those who participated in the ceremony.
The idea of a Peace Officers Memorial Day came into effect on October 1, 1961, when Congress asked the president to designate May 15 to honor law enforcement officers. President John F Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962. Each year, the president of the United States proclaims May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week of each year during which such May 15 occurs as Police Week. Although Peace Officers Memorial Day is an observance, it is not a federal public holiday in the United States.