Fallen Lee County law enforcement officers remembered
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 1:48
The solemn silence that shrouded families of 234 fallen officers erupted into applause as President Donald Trump was introduced at the 36th Annual Peace Officers' Memorial Service on Monday. We have already seen the repercussions with targeted attacks against law enforcement and recruiting difficulties in law enforcement agencies across the country. "They have given their lives to preserve the fundamental values to protect our way of life". We must help each other in times of need.
The last of those men died more than 40 years ago, in 1974.
"The NMA is the place where the nation can go to remember our services and the men and women who have been killed in the course of their duty for their country".
Lee and Moss, who were most recently added to the local memorial, also have been added to the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. You are irreplaceable replacements to our society. "EOW" stands for end of watch.
From baseball games to honoring the fallen, the officers are focusing this week on those who serve - and those who gave their lives serving.
But we also vow to honor their sacrifice by ensuring that those who protect and serve have the support, resources, and training that the men and women of law enforcement deserve. And a line-of-duty death does not necessarily come during some headline-making SWAT team standoff. Craig Heathcoat played "Taps" and the benediction was given by Rev. Doug Hambrick of Victory Missionary Baptist Church. Donations can be made at any Chambers Bank location.
The members of the Martinsville Police Department will hold a memorial service for fallen law enforcement officers later this week, part of a joint effort with the Henry County Sheriff's Department and the Virginia State Police. The public are welcome to attend.