Concrete work on Watauga County Law Enforcement Memorial began Monday in collaborative work by both maintenance technicians from Town of Boone and County of Watauga. By Wednesday, three flag poles may be setone 30-foot pole and two 25-foot poles. Hopes are to have the local memorial ready for the week of Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, with still fresh the memory of the death of Watauga Deputy William R. Mast Jr. from the summer of 2012.
Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week is an observance in the United States that pays tribute to the local, state, and Federal peace officers who have died in the line of duty. The Memorial takes place on May 15, and Police Week is the calendar week in which the Memorial falls, and this year will be especially followed in western North Carolina with the recent death of US Forest Service officer Jason Crisp, killed in a Burke County search in March. Nationally, the events draw 25,000 to 40,000 law enforcement officers and their families to Washington, DC every year.