In honor of National Police Week, the Iowa City Police Chaplains will host a Peace Officer Memorial Day ceremony open to the public and police county wide. 

The ceremony will be held from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, 4213 Sand Road SE, Iowa City. The ceremony will express appreciation for the sacrifices and the service of law enforcement.

Historically, the Iowa City Police Chaplains have honored Peace Officer Memorial Day for Iowa City officers through a smaller ceremony. In an effort to expand this countywide, the Chaplains reached out to the other Johnson County law enforcement agencies to make the ceremony more communal. 

The event will feature color guards, prayers and readings from Iowa City Police Chaplains Mel Schlachter, Heather Weber, and Joshua Tilley, a proclamation read by Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Taylor, words from other area mayors, and speeches by Coralville Police Chief Shane Kron and Johnson County District Judge Deborah Minot.

The event represents a joint effort with Coralville Police, North Liberty Police, the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, and more organizations. 

In case of inclement weather, the event will move into The Park Lodge at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area. Parking is available off of McCollister Boulevard. 

Free food from Chick-fil-A and Hurts Donut Co. will be served at the event. 

For more information, contact Chaplain Mel Schlachter at 319-356-5265. 

Date of publication

Friday, May 10, 2019