Thursday, May 14, 2009

Moving Law Enforcement Memorial Service – Photos

Officer Down

Officer Down

Roll call of the fallen, bagpipes during the posting of the colors,  a touching song by Lt. Brian Geiser of the Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office, and Taps played by Max Leach. These were just a few of the moments that paid respects to those who serve and protect in a remembrance held Thursday at First Christian Church where Reverend Jim Rivers is pastor.

Fifteen Roanoke Police officer names were called and one Roanoke City Sheriff’s name. A rose was placed by each department.

The Reverend William Lee of Loudon Avenue Christian Church instructed everyone to look closely at the Fallen Memorial pictured on the front of the bulletin. Rev. Lee told all to take note of how the kneeling officer was clasping the fallen officer with both hands saying, “you are not by yourself.” Rev. Lee said “we all want to be touched by someone who cares.”  Lee spoke about how safe he feels in the city knowing these dedicated officers are standing watch. Looking at the sculpture Rev. Lee said, “I’m not down yet because you keep me up.”

This week was designated by President John F. Kennedy as National Police Week on October 1, 1962 with May 15th being National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

In Washington, DC annual candlelight vigils are held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial as well as the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day service. President Bill Clinton in 1994 signed into law that the flag of the United States be displayed at half staff at all government buildings  on May 15.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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