The Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Foundation - Austin, Texas
The Texas Peace Officers' Memorial is a monument erected on the grounds of the Capitol Complex to recognize and honor the ultimate sacrifice made by Texas law enforcement and corrections officers who were killed in the line of duty. (Sec. 3105.001 Texas Government Code)
In 1987, the leadership of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) sought to have the memorial built.
The Peace Officers Memorial Foundation (POMF), a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, was founded to help raise money for that purpose.
In June of 1998, after convincing the legislature to authorize the Memorial and after 10 years of arduous fundraising, construction began.
And on May 10, 1998, law enforcement officers and the families of the officers travelled to Austin for the Memorial dedication. The Memorial is located on the northeast grounds of the Texas Capitol, easily accessible from where Congress Avenue and 15th Street intersect.
Candlelight and Memorial Services:
The foundation hosts annual memorial ceremonies on the grounds of the State Capitol Complex in Austin.
During odd numbered years, when the legislature is in session, the foundation hosts both a candlelight vigil in the evening and a memorial ceremony on the following day.
During even numbered years, a memorial ceremony is held at the conclusion of the annual Ride for the Fallen.
The 2011 Candlelight service was held on the evening of Sunday, May 1, 2011 at the Texas Peace Officers Memorial. The 2011 Memorial Service was held on the morning of Monday, May 2, 2011 on the south side of the Texas Capitol.