The Texas Department of Criminal Justice will honor the service of its correctional staff, and remember all those who have lost their lives in the line of duty with a memorial service scheduled at 10:30 this morning.
TDCJ officials, dignitaries and guests will gather at the Texas Prison Museum, 491 Highway 75 North in Huntsville, for the formal, military-style memorial ceremony which is held in conjunction with National Correctional Officers Week May 4-10.
Since 1984, the U.S. Congress has designated a week in May as National Correctional Officers Week. In Texas, all TDCJ facilities host an employee appreciation day culminating in a memorial service held at their individual units. The Huntsville ceremony traditionally is the largest ceremony, with all TDCJ employees and the public invited to attend.
During this time, TDCJ honors the service of its correctional staff, and remembers all those who have lost their lives in the line of duty, both here in Texas and throughout the nation. This year’s ceremony will honor thirteen correctional employees from throughout the nation who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2013 – California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Texas. Also remembered are the 68 TDCJ correctional officers and staff members who have died in the line of duty since 1882.