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Three day tribute to fallen law enforcement

Released by Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas.

More than a thousand law enforcement officers are expected at the State Capitol this week to honor fellow officers who have died in the line of duty. Texas leads the nation in the number of officers killed during this biennial.

The Peace Officers Memorial Foundation (POMF), founded by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) is hosting its 10th annual Ride for the Fallen on Saturday, April 30th at 11:00 pm and Candlelight Vigil at 7:00 pm on Sunday, May 1st. Both events will be held at the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Wall at the North side of the Capitol.

The Ride for the Fallen is a motorcycle ride that is open to the public. Every year, hundreds of bikers come together to honor Texas peace officers who have died in the line of duty. This year, the ride will state at Cowboy Harley Davidson on I-30 South at 11:00 am, and will end at the Texas Peace Officers Memorial Wall at the Capitol. A ceremony at the wall will follow at 11:30 am on Saturday.

The full dress statewide memorial service will be held on Monday, May 2nd at the South steps of the Capitol at 11:00 am. A large parade of honor guards, police motorcycles and officers will march down Congress. Following the march, a tribute will be held which will be attended by hundreds including: legislators, friends and families of fallen peace officers.

Many elected officials participating in the ceremonies this year will be Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Speaker for the House of Representatives, Joe Straus.

"We must never forget those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while keeping out communities safe," said Sergeant Todd Harrison, President of CLEAT. "Every one of these officers has left behind loved ones, and it is important that we keep their memories alive," he said.

For more information on these events or the Memorial Wall, please visit http://www.pomf.org.

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