Honolulu honors fallen officers with memorial walk, candlelight service

The Honolulu Police Department held two public events Monday for National Police Week to honor officers who died in the line of duty.

First, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell proclaimed May 14 to 20 as Police Week in the City and County of Honolulu. A proclamation signing was held at Tamarind Park in downtown Honolulu.

The United States flag was flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii National Guard, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15) and Police Week (May 14-20).

Then at 6 p.m., HPD officers, the families of fallen officers, and law enforcement officials walked along Beretania Street from the department’s main Alapai headquarters to the State Capitol, where a memorial service honored the fallen.

A candlelight vigil and memorial service in the Rotunda served as a touching tribute and the highlight of Police Week.

To date, 48 Honolulu police officers have been killed in the line of duty. Their names are listed on the HPD’s Roll of Honor.

“These officers gave their lives because of their dedication and devotion to public safety. Also let us not forget our brothers and sisters from federal, military, state, and local law enforcement agencies who have lost their lives in the line of duty,” said HPD Acting Chief Cary Okimoto.

Police Week is observed around the nation as a time to honor and remember law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

On Oahu, it continues with a private awards ceremony Wednesday morning, and a public awards ceremony Thursday morning at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.

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