Originally Posted on March 19, 2020
It is with heartfelt sorrow and regret, that the Illinois Police Officers Memorial Committee has made the difficult but correct decision to cancel this year's memorial service and ceremony scheduled to be held on May 07, 2020 in Springfield, Illinois. The health and safety of our survivors, first responders and the public during these challenging and unknown times was paramount in making this decision. We as a State, and as a Country will move forward becoming stronger and more united as we commit to honor those Illinois Law Enforcement Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2019 during our ceremony scheduled to be held next year on May 06, 2021.
We are grateful as a committee to be tasked with the honor to pay respectful tribute to those Law Enforcement Officers who gave their lives in the performance of their duties. We are committed to the safety and welfare to all that embrace this solemn task with us. We thank you all for your patience and understanding moving forward.
National Police Prayer
Almighty God, Father of all Mercies, we ask Thy Blessing and guidance upon all Law Enforcement Officers engaged in the protection of our citizens. Be with them in their lonely tours of duty while patrolling the busy streets of our cities and the remote area of the country. Give them the Blessings of Your Wisdom, to know and do what is right. Temper their actions with mercy and justice. When their tours are completed and the day is over, guide them safely home to their loved ones.
We also ask Thy Blessing and eternal rest to all our Brothers and Sisters who have sacrificed their very lives in the performance of their duties. Give to their loved ones the peace and strength to bear the anguish of their loss. Remove all resentment from their hearts, knowing that eternal peace and rest will abide over their departed loved one forever. This we beg in Thy Name, Amen.