Keep memory of fallen officers alive
Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 16, 2002
The solemn ceremony Wednesday in Bicentennial Park honored the fallen
officers who gave their lives in service to their community.
From the playing of "Taps" to the heartfelt dedication speech, the ceremony
was laced with emotion.
And that emotion runs deep this week across our country as we memorialize the
fallen police and law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. To
date, more than 15,000 have died across America. And this week, at ceremonies
just like the one held Wednesday in Troy, the 700,000 sworn officers will be
thinking about their fallen brothers and sisters. And, perhaps in a sobering
moment, the communities are realizing just how much these officers are
willing to sacrifice for their country.
There is no doubt that this year’s memorial cuts more deeply as we continue
to reel from the terrorist attacks of 9-11, when more than 70 New York City
police officers died. A bit of our innocence, of our hearts, died with them
Events like this memorial week keep the memory of these officers alive in our
hearts and our thoughts, and give us pause each year to reflect on the
sacrifices they are willing to make to protect our safety.
We should say a prayer for these brave men and women, and their families and
friends left behind, just as we should pray for those who continue to protect
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