Ptown PD Honor Guard marches in police parade in RI

pt050216aPROVINCETOWN – On Sunday, members of the Provincetown Police Department Honor Guard were in Middletown Rhode Island participating in the 2016 Aquidneck Island Police Parade. As you may or may not know May 15 is Peace Officer Memorial Day. It was enacted in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to commemorate those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their life in the line of duty.

In its 30-year history, the Aquidneck Island National Police Parade has expanded its yearly events over the first weekend in May to commemorate those officers killed in the line of duty from the previous year.

The Provincetown Police participated with over 90 other law enforcement agencies from the greater New England area. Agencies from around the nation including New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Washington D.C. and International Agencies such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have commemorated these fallen officers with the local and State agencies to include all 39 cities and towns from Rhode Island. Also included in the annual tribute is the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team which comes from the Washington, D.C. barracks to perform and commemorate those officers killed in the line of duty. In addition, approximately 40 different bands are invited to take part in the parade which includes high school bands from across the nation and numerous police Pipe and Drum Corps that march in the parade. Civilian organizations such as the Boy’s and Girl’s Scouts also take part in the annual commemoration to honor our heroes as well.

Pictured left to right are Police Officer Chris Landry, Sergeant Greg Hennick, Sergeant Carrie Lopes, Officer Jen Nolette, Officer Rachel Peters and Officer Kevan Spoor. Team members carried the American flag, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag, the Town of Provincetown flag and the Provincetown Police Department flag.

The Provincetown Police Honor Guard was established in 2009 to have members of the Police Department present at police funerals, parades and other ceremonial occasions. The Honor Guard members volunteer their time to practice their skills to promote honor, professionalism and integrity through its conduct and image at all times, holding the department’s core values to the highest degree.
Media release and photo furnished by Provincetown Police

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