In observance of National Police Memorial Week, a police officer memorial ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Newton County Sheriff’s Office training room.

The event is sponsored by the Chaplains’ Office of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office and the Neosho Police Department.

The public is invited to attend.

“It is mostly an opportunity to memorialize and remember the officers who have lost their lives over the last year,” said Rev. Bill Doubek, head chaplain of the chaplains’ office.

A PowerPoint presentation will be presented with the names of those who lost their lives in 2014 and in 2013. Doubek said in 2014 a total of five law enforcement officers from the four states lost their lives. They were either killed in the line of duty or died of natural causes.

Along with the PowerPoint presentation, Doubek said, “There will be prayers, of course, scripture reading. The sheriff (Ken Copeland) and (Neosho) police chief (Dave McCracken) will have an opportunity to welcome everyone, share a little bit about what is going on in their respective departments. There is also an awards ceremony that is going to be happening this year. Copeland will be giving awards to some of the deputies for some of the things that they did this past year.”

Area businesses have purchased refreshments for the ceremony.

Doubek said the chaplains’ office looks forward to the event.

“It is our opportunity really to let all of the officers know how much we care for them, we are there for them and for their families as well,” he said.