York County law enforcement officers who sacrificed their lives will be honored in a local Court of Valor.
A Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Day remembrance service will be held at noon Thursday at the Court of Valor Monument in Prospect Hill Cemetery, 700 N. George St. in North York.
The event is part of the cemetery's observance of National Police Week, which includes recognition services for law enforcement officers around the country.
The cemetery's service will recognize all men and women serving in law enforcement departments throughout York County, said Jack Sommer, the cemetery's managing partner.
Comfort to families: Sommer said he hopes the event will be a comfort to relatives of fallen law enforcement officers.
"I think that one of the strongest impulses of anyone who lost a family member in service is the sense that (the fallen officers) be remembered and their sacrifice be honored and respected," he said.
Banners: Two 3-by-6-foot banners with the names, photos and death dates of six local fallen officers will be unveiled during the event.
The banners will be situated on either side of the monument, Sommer said.
The local fallen officers are:
•David Grove, Pennsylvania Game Commission, who died on Nov. 11, 2010;
•David Tome, Northern York County Regional Police officer, Oct. 21, 2008;
•Edward "Skip" Schroeder Jr., York County Sheriff's Office deputy sheriff, Jan. 10, 2005;
•Henry Schaad, York City Police officer, Aug. 1, 1969;
•Dean N. Zeigler, Pennsylvania Motor Police private, Oct. 17, 1942;
•Curtis Sowers, North York Police patrolman, May 21, 1929.
The cemetery's U.S. flag will fly at half-staff in their honor.
The Court of Valor Monument bears a 3,000-pound I-beam from the World Trade Center in New York City, where the 2001 terrorist attacks caused the largest loss of first responders in the nation's history, Sommer said.
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