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TOL PR 2016-10-12 Police Apprecation Day Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Leesburg Declares Thursday, October 20, 2016, “Police Appreciation Day” Residents encouraged to wear blue and tie blue ribbons on trees and mailboxes. Leesburg, VA (October 12, 2016) – On Thursday, October 20, 2016, the Leesburg Town Council will recognize the commitment and dedication of the Leesburg Police Department with the second annual Leesburg Police Appreciation Day. The Council formally approved a Town Proclamation declaring October 20, 2016, as “Police Appreciation Day”. Leesburg Police officers and department staff members will be treated to breakfast, lunch and dinner courtesy of the Leesburg Town Council and John Marshall Bank which is the event sponsor. The meals will be served at the Leesburg Police Department headquarters during morning roll call, lunchtime, and evening roll call. To mark the day, the Town of Leesburg will place blue ribbons on trees in front of Town facilities, at Town parks, and throughout the downtown. Residents, schools, and businesses are encouraged to show their support for the Leesburg Police by tying blue ribbons around trees in their yards, on their mailboxes, and their doors. The Town asks residents to wear blue on Thursday, October 20, as an additional sign of support and appreciation. "Keeping our town safe is the most important function of the government,” said Leesburg Mayor David Butler. “I encourage everyone to show their support for our outstanding police department, not just on this day, but every day. I look forward to wearing blue on October 20th.” Members of the public can write notes of thanks and encouragement on the "Leesburg Police Appreciation Day" Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LeesburgPoliceAppreciationDay. The page will be active until October 19, 2016. On Thursday, October 20, the thank you notes posted will be displayed at the Police Department for all department staff to enjoy. # # #