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Birmingham Police Department honors fallen officers

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Birmingham police officers gather for the memorial service for fallen officers. Source: Matt Kennedy/WBRC Birmingham police officers gather for the memorial service for fallen officers. Source: Matt Kennedy/WBRC
Birmingham police officers are wearing a black band over their badge in memory of Officer Keary Hollis. Source: WBRC Birmingham police officers are wearing a black band over their badge in memory of Officer Keary Hollis. Source: WBRC
Source: Karen Church/WBRC Source: Karen Church/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Birmingham Police Department honored their fallen officers in a memorial service on Tuesday morning. The ceremony was held on 20th Street in front of City Hall at 9 a.m.

Several officers are wearing a black band over their badge in honor of fallen Birmingham Police officer Keary Hollis, who was shot and killed while he was off-duty in Ensley on Saturday night.

May 15 was designated by President John F. Kennedy as Peace Officers Memorial Date in 1962, and the week during which that date fell became National Police Week.

"Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year," the police department said in a release.

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