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15
May

Peace Officers Memorial Day

Posted by Chris

When looking at the holidays for today I asked Brittany if she minded if we do this holiday over the others. I knew it would probably be a depressing day but that was something I needed to look past. I have a close friend who is a police officer, we were actually neighbors growing up together. This past week he participated in the Police Unity Tour, a 230 mile bike ride honoring police officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty. He rode in honor of Jason Mooney, a highschool classmate who was killed in an automobile accident in 2007 while responding to an accident call.

Today we decided to visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. The beautifully designed memorial walls hold the names of over 19,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers where were killed in the line of duty. The number of people paying tribute to their fellow officers was truly amazing. The first thing I did was find Jason’s name on the wall. I took a moment or two to think about things before taking a few pictures. Then Brittany and I proceeded to walk the remainder of the wall, making sure to take in how much this memorial, and this day, means to those who have lost their loved ones. There was a vast array of objects from flags, patches, wreaths, and pictures of officers marked with theirr EOW (End of Watch) date, to bottles of tequila, beer and hard liquor left behind as gifts of appreciation for the downed officers. There was even a small memorial for the members of the K-9 unit that had been killed in action. We were particularly touched by the drawings and notes children had left for their fallen mothers and fathers, and by the uniformed officers tenderly making etchings of their brethrens’ names.

This, as well as Vietnam Veterans Day have helped to open my eyes to the alarmingly high number of people who risk their lives for the sake of others. And as corrupt as this world is, without peace officers things would be much worse for us all. We thank you for all that you have done, all that you continue to do.

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