Paying respect to those who protect
By Senior Airman Brooke White, 5th Security Forces Squadron
/ Published May 11, 2006
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --
May 29 is Memorial Day in the United States. This is a time to be with family and friends and a chance to be thankful for all we have. This is also a time to remember those who have passed away.
In May we also get a chance to remember men and women who are often over looked for the sacrifices they make day in and day out. These men and women perform a job that is often thankless yet do it to the best of their ability and go home with a sense of pride knowing what they did saved lives. These men and women are police officers.
In 1962 President John F. Kennedy declared May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. This year at Minot Air Force Base, the 5th Security Forces Squadron hosts numerous events during the month of May in honor of National Police Week.
These events include the North Dakota Special Olympics Torch Run and a shooting competition with civilian police officers as well as security forces from the base at the combat arms and training range.
On May 19 a formal retreat ceremony will be held to honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice as security forces and North Dakota peace officers.
So as we remember those who have passed along, take time to remember those dedicated few that protect and serve our community, and those men and women who gave their lives protecting it as well.
The retreat ceremony will be held at the Installation flag pole, May 19 at 4 p.m. Base residents are invited and welcome to attend. For those who choose to drive, please park in the south end of the billeting parking lot.