The Peace Officers' Memorial
The Pikes Peak Region Peace Officers’ Memorial (PPRPOM) was first conceived in 2005, and was intended to serve as a Regional compliment to both the State and National Peace Officers’ Memorials. The Region is defined as those agencies within El Paso and Teller Counties. The PPRPOM has two missions; one to; design, fund, and construct the Memorial and two; provide sustained funding for maintenance of the Memorial and travel for family members of fallen officers. Since 1895, thirty law enforcement officers have given the ultimate sacrifice in support of their community. The design was completed and fundraising started in 2006. A location at America the Beautiful Park was chosen, however, as of today, the Memorial has not been completed.
A meeting with the Chiefs and Sheriffs of the Region occurred to inform them of the new direction for the Memorial and get their support. After that was accomplished, another meeting was held with the Manager of the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Division to discuss a phased construction and relocation. As a result we gained tentative approval for a phased construction and movement of the PPRPOM to Memorial Park near the WWII Memorial. On January 21, 2014, the Regions law enforcement leaders met and pledged their support in the form of a Regional Memorial Board of Directors (19 members including a volunteer and citizen representative. The Board unanimously voted for relocation of the Memorial to Memorial Park. The stone recognizing the future site of the Memorial was moved on May 9, 2014, from America the Beautiful Park to Memorial Park and sits just west of the WWII Memorial.
A recommendation to combine the sustained funding events, into one weekend was also approved. This Memorial weekend is structured to have the actual Memorial on Friday morning, an informal gathering on Friday night, the Valor Run on Saturday morning and the Memorial Ball on Saturday night. This allows all family members, VIP’s, and guests the opportunity to participate in all the events. Military leaders were briefed on the Memorial project as their security forces (MP’s or SP’s lost in the line of duty here in the region) are also eligible for recognition on the Memorial. Again, this is a Regional Memorial and requires the efforts of all law enforcement personnel, families, and citizens throughout the Region.
Our status as a 501c3 continues to move forward, as well as our fundraising. The primary events for funding are the Annual Memorial, the Memorial Ball, and the Valor Run. email@example.com
What It Will Look Like
The “Lion of Lucerne” is the representation of the ultimate sacrifice of protectors of their community. The lion is also the monument chosen for the National Memorial. The following was taken from Wikipedia.
From the early 17th century, a regiment of Swiss mercenaries had served as part of the Royal Household of France. On 6 October 1789, King Louis XVI had been forced to move with his family from the Palace of Versailles to the Tuileries Palace in Paris. In June 1791, he tried to flee abroad. In the 1792 10th of August Insurrection, revolutionaries stormed the palace. Fighting broke out spontaneously after the Royal Family had been escorted from the Tuileries to take refuge with the Legislative Assembly. The Swiss Guards ran low on ammunition and were overwhelmed by superior numbers. A note written by the King has survived, ordering the Swiss to retire and return to their barracks, but this was only acted on after their position had become untenable.
Of the Swiss Guards defending the Tuileries, more than six hundred were killed during the fighting or massacred after surrender. An estimated two hundred more died in prison of their wounds or were killed during the September Massacres that followed. Apart from about a hundred Swiss who escaped from the Tuileries, the only survivors of the regiment were a 300 strong detachment which had been sent to Normandy a few days before August 10. The Swiss officers were mostly amongst those massacred, although Major Karl Josef von Bachmann — in command at the Tuileries —was formally tried and guillotined in September, still wearing his red uniform coat. Two surviving Swiss officers achieved senior rank under Napoleon.
our fallen brothers and sisters who lost their lives too soon.
"Heroes never die. They live on forever in the hearts and minds of those who would follow in their footsteps." -Emily Potter
This year’s Memorial weekend consists of 3 events, 1 on May 18th and 2 on May 18th.
These events include The Memorial Service, The Valor Run, and The Peace Officers' Memorial Ball.