The Spartanburg County celebration of National Peace Officers Memorial Day will change venues Saturday but continue to offer residents and law enforcement officers an opportunity to pay tribute to officers who have died in the line of duty.
Piedmont Blood Center has organized the event with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office and Spartanburg Public Safety Department. Those agencies will attend, as will representatives from all municipal police forces in Spartanburg County.
The event will start at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. near the Sears Auto Center at WestGate Mall. National Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed May 15 each year.
Andrea Wall, public relations manager with Piedmont Blood Center, said previous events have been held at the Denny's Plaza downtown, but with May 15 falling on a Saturday, organizers decided to expand the event.
Between 10 a.m. and noon, there will be demonstrations by the Spartanburg County Hazardous Devices Unit, search dog and dive teams, a motorcycle unit, the sheriff's office helicopter and other displays.
At noon, the helicopter will begin the memorial service with a fly-over. Wall said News Channel 7 anchor Tom Crabtree will emcee the memorial service that will conclude with the playing of taps and a rifle salute.
Wall said a blood drive also will be held, and donors will receive a free T-shirt. Light refreshments will be served, Wall added.
The memorial presentation -- the event's centerpiece -- will include a listing of all law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.
"It's just honoring those who serve us daily and remembering those who have fallen in the line of duty," Wall said.