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By Kevin Powers
May 10, 2009
VIPs being escorted to the event at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
about 4 years ago
How incredible. To all my fallen brothers and sisters: Rest in Peace. D/S Anthony Forgione, D/S Skip York, and D/S Burt Lopez from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. We miss you all so much.
RIP to those who gave their lives doing what the majority would never do. They gave their lives in service to the public and for that I thank you. God bless their families, friends and their departments. NEVER FORGET!
Rest in Peace Sirs...Never will you be forgotten.
The big problem with the Vigil, other then the strong winds, is that many people began arriving at 3:00, 3:30 in the afternoon and grabbed all the seats. Where curedgirls and I were standing, we couldn't see through the standing crowd which was, at minimum, 12+ deep. I wanted to see the wreath I had ordered for my friend's son and had the privilege of meeting several of his friends who were there from Orlando... they all promised to be here when the Museum opens and they see the threatre seat in George's honor and memory. I know his dad won't be able to make it - his health is poor, but his mother and, hopefully, children, and brother. THEN, I'll finally get to meet the family, instead of just exchanging letters. Weather here was a downpour almost all day.
Rest in Peace to all of the fallen officers. Especially close to my heart are the most recent losses to the Montana Highway Patrol. Rest in peace Trooper David Graham -EOW 9 October 2007, Trooper Evan Schneider - EOW 26 August 2008 and Trooper Michael Haynes - EOW 27 March 2009.
RIP and never forgotten
For those who couldn't attend, additional videos and photos, including 1000+ bicyclists riding in honor, are available @ http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel09/npw051209.htm or http://www.nleomf.com/NPW2009/
Honoring those who have fallen as well as those who we support today...
IN THE LINE OF DUTY
I NEVER DREAMED IT WOULD BE ME,
THE BADGE NO LONGER ON MY CHEST,
MY NAME FOR ALL ETERNITY.
I SLEEP NOW IN ETERNAL REST,
RECORDED HERE AT THIS HALLOWED PLACE.
MY SWORD I PASS TO THOSE BEHIND,
ALAS MY NAME, NO MORE MY FACE.
AND PRAY THEY KEEP THIS THOUGHT IN MIND.
,,IN THE LINE OF DUTY,, I HEAR THEM SAY:
I NEVER DREAMED IT WOULD BE ME.
MY FAMILY NOW THE PRICE WILL PAY,
AND WITH HEAVY HEART AND BENDED KNEE:
MY FOLDED FLAG STAINED WITH THEIR TEARS.
I ASK FOR ALL HERE FROM THE PAST,
WE ONLY HAD THOSE FEW SHORT YEARS.
DEAR GOD, LET MY NAME BE THE LAST!
GOD Bless all of the Fallen. Iwish I could have gone this year, Hope to make it next year.
May You Heros Rest In Peace, May God Bless Your Familys and Departments...........Thank You For All You Have Done .. We Miss You
I do not post many things nor do I comment on much but I just got home from DC. Fortunately I have been able to attend the ceremony the past two years and experience the candlelight vigil. Attendance appeared to increase by at least 2000 people last night. What an emotional ceremony and I hope that each of you can somehow experience this first hand at some point in your careers. God Bless all of us, specifically those that have had to endure a lose first hand. I can't imagine a dry eye in the place because if the vigil does not get to you, perhaps you should pick a different career. On another note, Fredlickert is exactly correct. I could not agree more brother. Everyone, be safe please and my prayers are always with those that have served, those that currently serve, those that will serve, and specifically to those that have paid the ultimate sacrafice.
I will be making 2 post for this article and slide show.
First and foremost I want to thank ALL of our Brothers and Sisters in every area of Law Enforcement who have paid the ultimate sacrifice! May you all REST IN PEACE and keep watch over the rest of us as you walk your new beat! Your Honor, Integrity, and Dedication to the people that you served will NEVER go unwaivered.
Be safe guys. Remember, all flags at half mast tomorrow in honor of those we have lost.
RIP Adam Klutz. Thank you and all the other fallen brothers for all that you did. We miss you.
My heart goes out to the family's and officers this has been dedicated to.May all be blessed in life and after life.
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