Digital Billboards Honor our Countries Finest
In a heartwarming tribute that began at 5 p.m. yesterday (PDT), digital media giant Clear Channel dedicated the use of it’s extensive , nationwide array of digital signs and billboards as part of a National Police Week salute to police officers who died within the past few months.
“The tragic loss of police officers killed in the line of duty serves as a harsh and tragic reminder of the perils of our law enforcement officers face each and every day while working to protect our communities,” said Layne Lawson, director of public affairs for Clear Channel Outdoors.
“We are humbled by the sacrifices these men and their families have made for the safety of our cities, and are proud to honor their service on billboards across the country in hopes that America will take a moment to remember those who have fallen and thank those who continue to serve,” Lawson said.
The billboards will display images of these fallen heroes leading up the annual candle-light vigil that always follows the Police Week festivities.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation’s Capital each year.