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Honoring Peace Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

From the President:

Today is National Peace Officers Memorial Day which commemorates those police officers killed in the line of duty.

Established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy in an Executive Order, he proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. This event was also established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962. Officers from around the world are gathering in Washington, D.C. this week to honor those officers killed in 2022, as well as those in past years.

Our City of Savannah has 29 names listed on the Law Enforcement Memorial located in Washington, D.C. The first officers listed from Savannah are Samuel Bryson, killed on November 4, 1868 and Officer Robert Read, killed on November 5, 1868. The last officer listed from Savannah is Officer Kelvin B. Ansari, killed May 11, 2019. The full list of the officers from our city can be found here.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 16, at 10 a.m., the Savannah Police Department will be paying its respect to these officers at the local Police Memorial at Habersham and East Oglethorpe in front of Police Headquarters. Members of the DNA Board will be there to show our respect. Please join us in honoring these officers. Let’s all take a moment to remember those who gave their lives for their communities.

In other areas of interest:

I have received many questions from members concerning the presentation by the Oglethorpe Plan Coalition and the DNA. The DNA is not endorsing this group over any other preservation group in the city. We included them in the last membership meeting as they are residents, DNA members, and have an interest in preserving the Savannah Downtown National Historic Landmark District. Again, they are not endorsed by, or affiliated with, the DNA.

I also would like to clarify the position of David Altschiller. During our last meeting, I incorrectly identified him as a member of the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC). He is not a member of the MPC. David is on the Historic District Board of Review.

Please remember to vote. Election will end on Friday, May 19.

Looking forward to seeing each of you at the picnic tomorrow night.

David McDonald


Downtown Neighborhood Association Savannah, GA Inc.

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