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  • Authorizing Use of Capitol Grounds for National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service

    by Representative Lou Barletta

    Posted on 2013-03-18

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    BARLETTA. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and agree to the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 18) authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service.

    The Clerk read the title of the concurrent resolution.

    The text of the concurrent resolution is as follows: H. Con. Res. 18 Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), SECTION 1. USE OF THE CAPITOL GROUNDS FOR NATIONAL PEACE OFFICERS' MEMORIAL SERVICE.

    (a) In General.--The Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and its auxiliary (in this resolution referred to as the ``sponsor'') shall be permitted to sponsor a public event, the 32nd Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service (in this resolution referred to as the ``event''), on the Capitol Grounds, in order to honor the law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty during 2012.

    (b) Date of Event.--The event shall be held on May 15, 2013, or on such other date as the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Rules and Administration of the Senate jointly designate.


    (a) In General.--Under conditions to be prescribed by the Architect of the Capitol and the Capitol Police Board, the event shall be-- (1) free of admission charge and open to the public; and (2) arranged not to interfere with the needs of Congress.

    (b) Expenses and Liabilities.--The sponsor shall assume full responsibility for all expenses and liabilities incident to all activities associated with the event.


    Subject to the approval of the Architect of the Capitol, the sponsor is authorized to erect upon the Capitol Grounds such stage, sound amplification devices, and other related structures and equipment, as may be required for the event.


    The Capitol Police Board shall provide for enforcement of the restrictions contained in section 5104(c) of title 40, United States Code, concerning sales, advertisements, displays, and solicitations on the Capitol Grounds, as well as other restrictions applicable to the Capitol Grounds, in connection with the event.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Barletta) and the gentleman from Minnesota (Mr. Nolan) each will control 20 minutes.

    The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Pennsylvania.

    General Leave Mr. BARLETTA. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on H. Con. Res. 18.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Pennsylvania? There was no objection.

    Mr. BARLETTA. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

    H. Con. Res. 18 would authorize the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service on May 15, 2013. I am pleased to be the sponsor of this important resolution, along with the gentlewoman from the District of Columbia (Ms. Norton).

    In 1962, May 15 was designated by President Kennedy as Peace Officers' Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week. The memorial service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of just 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Today, National Police Week draws tens of thousands of law enforcement officers and their supporters from around the world who travel to the Nation's capital to participate in events that honor our fallen officers. The National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the candlelight vigil and seminars.

    Tragically, over 126 Federal, State, and local law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty last year. These are brave men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the line every day.

    Among the fallen officers to be honored include five that served in my home State of Pennsylvania: Officer Bradley Michael Fox, who was from Plymouth Township Police Department, which is actually part of my district, Pennsylvania's Eleventh; Trooper First Class Blake Coble, Pennsylvania State Police; Patrolman Avery Freeman, Chester Police Department; Officer Brian J. Lorenzo, Philadelphia Police Department; and Officer Moses Walker, Jr., Philadelphia Police Department.

    These officers, along with more than 100 others who lost their lives in 2012, will be remembered at this service.

    [[Page H1555]] These officers made the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country and our communities.

    I urge my colleagues to support passage of this resolution. I reserve the balance of my time.

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