Remembering those fallen in the line of duty

Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2003

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy wrote the executive order creating the National Police Memorial Day. It was one of his final acts as President of the United States. During the investigation of President Kennedy's assassination, an officer who was killed became among the first honored at the Police Memorial. Last week law enforcement officers of Alaska mixed in formation in front of the Soldotna Police Department with State, Federal and local officers side by side to honor those fallen, and as a symbolic reminder that they stand as one to protect and serve our communities. The ceremony was also a reminder that the names on the national and state memorials were of men and women who had families. Families that were deprived of their loved ones.

For each fallen officer, a red rose was placed at the flag in remembrance. Indicative of the double duty that many officers are called to do because of the loss of a comrade; it was necessary for each officer to make two trips to the flagpole with a rose. The ceremony honored the courage and dedication of all law enforcement officers who serve our nation, state and local community. In commemoration of the officers who could not attend the ceremony, officers who were on duty, in court, transporting prisoners or completing investigations, a white rose was placed to commemorate the efforts of all the living law enforcement officers. Opening remarks by Soldotna Mayor David Carey honored those in service and remembered those who paid the ultimate price in community service.

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