Communities across the United States gather during National Police Week to remember law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, to share their stories of courage and sacrifice, and to honor their memory.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week.

Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

This year, the names of 360 U.S. law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

This Friday, May 18th, R. Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, will speak at the Peace Officer Memorial Service in Catawba County, sponsored by the Catawba County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 26.

The Memorial Service will be held at the Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory.