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tions into a Memorial Service to remember those that have given the ultimate sacrifice of their life while in the line of duty. A portion of the ceremony focuses on the Police Memorial which was established by the Atlanta Bar Association in 1980 to address public-police tensions at that time. Atlanta Bar President Jim Blitch and Atlanta Bar Founda- tion board member Bill deGolian gave words on the meaning of the monument and the long standing partnership between the Atlanta Bar Association and the Atlanta Po- lice Department. A wreath laying ceremony then followed at the Me- morial to pay tribute to the fallen officers to a bagpipe tribute. The Interagency Law Enforcement Appreciation and Memorial Service was held on May 17, 2017 at Wood- ruff Park. The annual event takes place during National Police Week when the Downtown community gathers to pay tribute to the public safety agencies that serve the Down- town area, as well as other areas of the city and the state. The event is hosted by Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID), in partnership with the Atlanta Bar Association and the Atlanta Bar Foundation. The Atlanta Police Department is a major component and partner in conducting the event. The event is intended to demonstrate the com- munity’s appreciation for all law enforcement, particularly those serving Downtown. It then transi- Eleven public safety agencies repre- senting the Downtown area partici- pated in the service. Among them are the Atlanta Police Department, Georgia Tech Police, Georgia State and Emory University Police, MAR- TA Police and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. This event has been conducted annually since 2010. ▪ The Official News Publication of the Atlanta Bar Association THE ATLANTA LAWYER 19