Detroit Tigers and the Memorial Fund Team Up for Law Enforcement Appreciation Night
Detroit Tigers v. New York Yankees, Comerica Park, on April 22, 2015
Washington, DC—On Wednesday, April 22, at 7:08 pm, the 2014 American League Central Champion Detroit Tigers take on the New York Yankees, as the Tigers partner with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to host the 4th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, at Comerica Park. This special night is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, correctional officers, and their families, while raising awareness and funds for the forthcoming National Law Enforcement Museum, to be built in Washington, DC.
Pre-game festivities begin at 5:30 pm, and will feature a display of area police cars in front of Comerica Park on Witherell Street. A special helicopter flyover will feature the Michigan State Police and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Blackhawk Helicopter. The Kent-Metro (MI) Police Department Honor Guard will present the colors as Officer Brendan Moore of the Ferndale (MI) Police Department performs the National Anthem. Also on this special night, the game’s opening ceremony will be dedicated to honoring Ingham County (MI) Deputy Sheriff Grant Whitaker and Michigan Department of Corrections Officer Chad Charles who were killed in the line of duty in 2014. These two officers, along with 271 other officers from across the country, will also be honored and remembered during National Police Week in Washington, DC this coming May.
The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Chief James Craig of the Detroit (MI) Police Department as they celebrate their 150th Anniversary of protecting the citizens of Detroit.
"We are excited to bring together law enforcement and the communities they serve and to, once again, partner with the Detroit Tigers for the fourth consecutive year for this special evening,” said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman & CEO of the Memorial Fund. “Coming together in the 'Motor City' for championship baseball—and in honor of Michigan law enforcement officers—is sure to be a great evening, and a great way to raise awareness and funds for the Museum.”
The Detroit Tigers are offering a special all-inclusive Law Enforcement Appreciation Night package starting at just $38 for the general public, law enforcement officers and their families. The package includes a ticket to the game and a co-branded Detroit Tigers and National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund commemorative challenge coin. Additionally, the Detroit Tigers will donate $10 from each ticket sold directly to the Memorial Fund in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum.
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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 20,538 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.