Thursday May 21, 2015
In honor of National Police Week 2015, Officer Brianne Williamson of the South Burlington Police Department (SBPD) donated a personally made memorial to the National Law Enforcement Officer Museum. The memorial, a handcrafted cross stitch framed plaque, was made by Officer Williamson over a period of six months and contains the names of all 23 Vermont Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty.
Officer Williamson’s memorial was presented to Officer Josh Flore of the Shelburne Police Department, and Officer Wilson of the Burlington Police Department, at the SBPD on May 5. Officers Flore and Wilson will transport the memorial personally to the National Law Enforcement Officer Museum in Washington, D.C. as part of the Unity Tour.
In recognition of National Police Week, May 10-16, all sworn officers wore a mourning band on their badges. On May 15, the flag in front of Police Headquarters was flown at half-staff in honor of Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. Designated by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, Peace Officers Memorial Day is part of National Police Week. Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world participated in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.