The 37th Annual Peace Officers memorial service was held at the State Capitol in Little Rock on Friday, May 11th by the Arkansas State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police. Allen Edwards and fellow officers represented Newport, and Edwards was given the privilege of speaking about the work, life and contributions of Newport’s fallen officer, Lt. Patrick Weatherford. The event marked the beginning of National Law Enforcement Week, more commonly known as National Police Week.
On the national level, The National Peace Officers Memorial Service was held Tuesday, May 15th in Washington D.C. The National Peace Officers Memorial Service is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, and is one in a series of events, which includes the Candlelight Vigil- a signature event of National Police Week in Washington, DC. Officer Allen Edwards escorted Kristen Weatherford to Washington D.C. for the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil on Sunday, May 13th at 8 pm at the National Mall. The Candlelight Vigil is held each year on May 13th of each year, produced by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. During the Candlelight Vigil, fallen officers, including Newport’s Patrick Weatherford, whose names were engraved on the Memorial’s walls that spring were formally dedicated.
The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. The National Peace Officers' Memorial Service is made possible through the efforts of numerous volunteers and the generous donations made by corporate sponsors and individuals. Pictured is Officer Allen Edwards and Governor Asa Hutchinson.