PENDLETON - The Umatilla County Sheriff's Office is hosting an event?Friday in honor of National Police Week.

In 1962 President John F. Kennedy made May 15 National Police Officers Memorial Day and the week - this year it falls on May 15 to May 21 -National Police Week. This is the sheriff's office's second year commemorating the national event.

It will begin at Till Taylor Park at 11 a.m. Friday.

Tim Addleman, chief of the Umatilla Tribal Police Department, will be the master of ceremonies.

Local musicians will play and sing. Vocalist Chrvae Madson will sing the "The Star-Spangled Banner" and Cole Albee will play "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes.

Speakers will include Umatilla County Undersheriff Terry Rowan, Pendleton Mayor Phil Houk, Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution Superintendent Rick Coursey and Syd Bell, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Hermiston.

Then a motorcade will proceed through town. It will run from Till Taylor Park down Emigrant Ave. to turn on Main Street. Then it will turn onto Court Avenue and continue west to Roy Raley Park and the Round-Up Grounds.

There the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office is hosting a barbecue for members of law enforcement.

The event is completely funded by donations. In the future, organizers hope to raise enough funds to donate to any families who lose loved ones in the line of duty.

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