The dedication of the new Belton Police Memorial is being pushed back a day due to the chance of inclement weather. The dedication was originally set to occur on Thursday, May 19, but it has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday, May 20. The memorial is located on the grounds of the Belton Police Department, 711 E. 2nd Ave.
The dedication will be part of the Bell County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, which is an annual tribute to honor law enforcement personnel killed in the line of duty. The ceremony is scheduled each year during National Police Week.
The Belton memorial was originally planned as part of an expansion of the Belton Police Department. Construction on the new PD addition began in 2015. The memorial was removed from the initial project due to funding concerns.
Part of this year's Leadership Belton class selected the memorial as a class project. To date, the group has received support (donations of funds or services) from more than 30 donors, including flag poles from Belton Rotary Club, design services from Fine Line Design and Build, memorial plaques from Harper-Talasek Funeral Home, electrical services from R.K. Bass Electric, and landscape services from Heart of Texas Landscaping.
The total estimated value of the project is approximately $45,000.