PPRPOM Valor Run
EVENT DATE: May 19, 2018
The Peace Officers' Memorial
The Pikes Peak Region Peace Officers’ Memorial (PPRPOM) was first conceived in 2005, and was intended to serve as a Regional compliment to both the State and National Peace Officers’ Memorials. The Region is defined as those agencies within El Paso and Teller Counties. The PPRPOM has two missions; one to; design, fund, and construct the Memorial and two; provide sustained funding for maintenance of the Memorial and travel for family members of fallen officers. Since 1895, thirty law enforcement officers have given the ultimate sacrifice in support of their community. The design was completed and fundraising started in 2006. A location at America the Beautiful Park was chosen, however, as of today, the Memorial has not been completed.
A meeting with the Chiefs and Sheriffs of the Region occurred to inform them of the new direction for the Memorial and get their support. After that was accomplished, another meeting was held with the Manager of the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Division to discuss a phased construction and relocation. As a result we gained tentative approval for a phased construction and movement of the PPRPOM to Memorial Park near the WWII Memorial. On January 21, 2014, the Regions law enforcement leaders met and pledged their support in the form of a Regional Memorial Board of Directors (19 members including a volunteer and citizen representative. The Board unanimously voted for relocation of the Memorial to Memorial Park. The stone recognizing the future site of the Memorial was moved on May 9, 2014, from America the Beautiful Park to Memorial Park and sits just west of the WWII Memorial.
A recommendation to combine the sustained funding events, into one weekend was also approved. This Memorial weekend is structured to have the actual Memorial on Friday morning, an informal gathering on Friday night, the Valor Run on Saturday morning and the Memorial Ball on Saturday night. This allows all family members, VIP’s, and guests the opportunity to participate in all the events. Military leaders were briefed on the Memorial project as their security forces (MP’s or SP’s lost in the line of duty here in the region) are also eligible for recognition on the Memorial. Again, this is a Regional Memorial and requires the efforts of all law enforcement personnel, families, and citizens throughout the Region.
Our status as a 501c3 continues to move forward, as well as our fundraising. To date we have raised over $1.275 million and construction has begun. The estimated completion date is May 2018. The primary events for funding are the Annual Memorial, the Memorial Ball, and the Valor Run.