Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of the Dallas police ambush on July 7 where five officers — four Dallas police officers and one Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer — were killed in the line of duty.
An armed man ambushed and opened fire on them near the end of a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas against nationwide officer-involved shootings.
It was the deadliest attack on U.S. law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.
Events will be held to honor and remember the lives lost.
Events on Friday July 6:
Jack Evans Police Headquarters main entrance at 1400 Lamar St.
A ceremony will be held to honor the officers who were killed in the line of duty two years ago. The ceremony will include prayer, remarks by Chief Renee Hall, a moment of silence and a balloon release.
Dozens of officers and community members attended the event.
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Chief Hall spoke at the ceremony about the legacy the officers left behind and how the department will continue to move forward.
“We have to remember them, we always have to continue to work and conduct ourselves in a manner that is befitting to the legacy and life that they left,” Hall said.
Families of the men killed also came to the ceremony.
The memorial concluded with a balloon release to honor the officers.
Events Saturday July 7:
Run for the Blue Dallas 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk
A 5K was held early Saturday morning in the Trinity Groves area of Dallas. Hundreds laced up their shoes to run in honor of the lost officers.
Proceeds went to benefit injured police officers and their families. Donations are encouraged to nonprofit Blue Guardian Foundation. Go here for more information.
The Fallen Officers Memorial at Dallas City Hall Plaza
At 9 a.m. Saturday, officers and the community will remember, but also celebrate the lives of officers lives lost. The ceremony includes a Color Guard presentation of the U.S. Honor Flag, the national anthem and speakers.
Following the memorial at Dallas City Hall Plaza, motorcycle riders and the community participated in the Officer Down Motorcycle Ride to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the 2016 Dallas Police shootings, the resilience of the city and honor those who lost their lives.
Registered riders were issued a commemorative patch at the culmination of the police escorted ride. The 35-mile motorcycle ride ended at Studio Movie Grill Northwest Highway.