WOODSTOCK — Residents who want to support their Woodstock police and firefighters can come out May 18 for a trio of events planned by the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation. The foundation is holding a 5K walk/run and kids’ fun run, a memorial service to honor officers who died in the line of duty and a spring festival in downtown Woodstock.
The event is the second year for festival and memorial service for the organization and is expected to attract about 3,000 visitors. Funds raised will benefit the foundation’s charitable projects such as Shop with a Hero, where firefighters and police officers take children in need shopping for Christmas gifts during the holiday season.
The day-long event will also mark National Police Memorial Week and will feature the Georgia Law Enforcement Moving Memorial trailer, which will be on display during the Woodstock Spring Festival.
The moving memorial honors the 678 Georgia law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
“The Woodstock Foundation is the force behind the force,” said Woodstock Police Chief Calvin Moss.
The memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. in the Park at City Center and will feature keynote speaker Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace.
Representatives from local law enforcement agencies will be in attendance and city officials will introduce a proclamation declaring the week of May 12 to 18 Police Week in the city of Woodstock.
A helicopter flyover with units from DeKalb, Atlanta and Fulton counties is expected as part of the memorial service, as well as a 21-gun salute and an honor guard made of local agencies presenting the colors.
“It is vital that we remember and honor the dedicated law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This ceremony will allow us — as a community — to reflect on the law enforcement mission and pay homage to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their community,” Moss said.
The foundation is also conducting a raffle with drawings for prizes throughout the day and a grand prize of roundtrip airfare from Atlanta to New York City for a family of four, hotel accommodations for two nights, dinner, and a visit to the 9/11 Memorial.
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens will draw the grand prize ticket at 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale between now through May 18 by calling (770) 592-6012.
Following the memorial service, the Second Annual Spring Festival will begin at 11 a.m. in the Park at City Center.
The festival will feature live music, K9 demonstrations from police units as well as Woof! Sports USA, and various activities for children including bounce houses and games.
There will also be demonstrations by the Woodstock Police Department and the Woodstock Fire Department with public safety equipment on hand as well as various food and merchandise vendors.
“This day serves as an excellent opportunity for citizens to enjoy a day of fun with our local heroes while we, as a community, remember those heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty,” said Scott O’Meara, president of the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation.
The day kicks off with the foundation’s first “Hustle For Heroes” 5K run/walk at 7:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, 11905 Highway 92 in Woodstock.
The Kids’ Fun Run will follow at 8:30 a.m. All participants will receive a T-shirt and a water bottle. Award recipients will include best overall male/female, Top Hero (Police/Fire/EMT), age groups.
The race route is kid, family, wheelchair, and stroller friendly, Moss said.
To register, visit www.active.com/
For more information, please visit the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation’s website at www.wpsfoundation.org.