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Steve Young Memorial National Honor Guard Competition

This year marks the 13th year that the Steve Young National Honor Guard Competition and Demonstration will be held during National Police Week in Washington, DC. Steve Young was the National President of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) when he died after a battle with cancer in early 2003. Young forged a strong relationship with President George W. Bush and during his tenure, Young worked tirelessly to establish FOP as the strong presence it is today. He was always known to be working for the rank-and-file and this event respects his memory. Glendale has been a proud sponsor of this event for many years and will be again this year.

The Police Week Honor Guard website states that "The Steve Young National Honor Guard Competition and Demonstration provides an opportunity for law enforcement organizations to perform ceremonious and patriotic tributes for public viewing. These teams are a highly dedicated group of law enforcement officers that represent organizations from all across this great nation and Canada. They converge on the Nation’s Capital every year for National Police Week, where peace officers are honored for their dedicated service to the protection of our communities. The day of May 15th is known as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, a day when the nation honors those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This event is the tribute these teams give to honor our fallen officers and their families."

The competition is held at Grant's statue on the west side of the U.S. Capitol. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 14th with the honor guard from Metro Nashville Police Department starting off the day. Pipes and Drums teams from the United States and Canada also perform during this event and their performances are a meaningful tribute to our officers and their families. The first pipe and drum team is from the U.S. Coast Guard and competes at 9:45 a.m. The area in front of the competition is lined with people enjoying the competition and camaraderie of the day. Stop by if you are in the area or visit the website to see a full schedule of events and pictures of teams competing last year.

DeKalb County Honor Guard, 2014

Navy and Baseball

On Sunday, April 26th, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, Mitch Harris, 29, became the first graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy to appear in a major league baseball game in nearly a century. Lieutenant Harris completed his commitment to the Navy with deployments to the Persian Gulf, Russia and South America. He was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. Good luck to Harris!

National Police Week 2015

May 5 marks the official start of National Police Week 2015 in Washington, DC with the Annual Blue Mass and continues with the 20th Annual LawRide on May 10 and events through May 16. Click here for the full schedule. Glendale Parade Store is a proud sponsor of the 13th Annual Steve Young Honor Guard Competition on Thursday, May 14. Stay connected to our Facebook page for future photos to be posted from the competition.

National Peace Officers' Memorial Day

May 15 is National Peace Officers' Memorial Day and is held annually to honor federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. It is observed in conjunction with Police Week. Display the United States flag in mourning at half staff in remembrance of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

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