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Letters: Remeber those who serve and protect

Remember those who serve and protect Many people are not aware of National Police Week coming up May 13-19. This year, the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial (NLEOM) in Washington, DC will be adding 382 names to the Memorial Wall - 143 r...

Remember those who serve and protect

Many people are not aware of National Police Week coming up May 13-19. This year, the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial (NLEOM) in Washington, DC will be adding 382 names to the Memorial Wall - 143 representing those who were killed in the line of duty this past year.

A total of 17,917 officers' names are inscribed in sacrifice. May 15 is National Peace Officers Memorial Day - as signed into Public Law 87-726 on Oct. 1, 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy honored our law enforcement personnel and their families who gave the ultimate sacrifice by declaring all American flags be at half-staff.

To see the Memorial Wall in Washington, DC is sobering. To know that a friend's name is on that wall is heart-wrenching. Please, remember all officers - federal, state, county, city and tribal at sometime during this upcoming week.

To quote an inscription on the marble wall at the NLEOMF in Washington, DC - "It is not how these officers died that makes them heroes - but how they lived."

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Kerri Johnson

Akeley Police Department

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