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El Centro sets memorial program for July 7 remembrance

Posted: June 22, 2017, 2:29 pm

(Dallas) – The first anniversary of the Dallas police shooting brings memories of a tragic night for the Dallas Police Department, DART and El Centro College. El Centro has scheduled a memorial event to honor the officers who died that night, those who were wounded (including two El Centro police officers, Cpl. Bryan Shaw and Officer John Abbott) and all of those officers who responded.

The event will be held at 11 a.m. on Fri., July 7, in the Student Center.
 
“The program will focus on renewal and how we should reflect on the importance of community building,” said Dr. Jose Adames, El Centro’s president.
 
Adames will lead the tribute, and two additional speakers will address students, employees and community members who are invited to participate that morning. A piece of student artwork will be unveiled at the end of the ceremony – an installation which is the conceptual rendering of a tree – in a neutral shade – with images projected on its branches; those images represent “What El Centro means to me.”
 
The college also will commission a commemorative sculpture which will be completed during the fall 2017 semester.
 
“We are partnering with Tribute 7/7 organizers in Dallas because we want to demonstrate our commitment to remembering the tragedy of July 7,” said Adames. “One year later, we are focused on building relationships with the community and police, as we mark that night, also remembering that we are #ElCentroStrong.”
 
The focus of Tribute 7/7, an organization led by the Dallas Police Department and other law enforcement associations, is to thank the community for its support of law enforcement and to encourage more communication between them.

Tribute 7/7 is planning an evening of remembrance on July 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall Plaza, which will remain open until 10 p.m. for the community to gather and share memories of the 2016 events; show support to officers and their families who attend; and celebrate the officers who were lost that night.
 
Tribute 7/7 is part of a Weekend of Honor, July 7-9, in Dallas which will feature festivities and ceremonies honoring those individuals who have sacrificed their lives for the protection of others. For more information about Tribute 7/7, visit www.tribute77.org.
 
For more information about El Centro’s memorial program on July 7, contact Priscilla Staley at pstaley@dcccd.edu or Amy Loftis at amy.loftis@dcccd.edu.