Springfield police remember fallen officers

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May 15 is nationally recognized as Peace Officers Memorial Day, enacted through presidential proclamation 3537 by John F. Kennedy in 1962.

State Troopers held a memorial service to remember fallen troopers earlier this month, but troopers were also at Wednesday's ceremony, reading the names of local troopers who have also made the ultimate sacrifice.

The sound of "Amazing Grace" played on the bagpipes reverberated through Memorial Hall at the state Capitol as about 100 people remembered North Dakota law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

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At the request of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Public Law 103-322 designates Peace Officers Memorial Day as one of only two days each year during which government agencies, businesses, and residents are to fly their USA flags at half-staff. "These attacks increased by almost 40 percent from 2015", said President Trump in a statement earlier this week.

The memorial dates back to 1883 when Boise County Sheriff's deputy V. Walter Coffin was killed in the line of duty. Also, the weekend will feature a comedy show with three noted comedians, one of them a former police officer who was a semifinalist on America's Got Talent. Please take a moment this week, especially upon seeing a flag at half-staff, to think of those that truly do live to serve you.

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The Arboretum Memorial will complement other memorials around the country, notably the National Police Memorial at the Mall and both The Beat and the Police Memorial Garden, which are already located at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The public is encouraged to attend.

Authorizes the National Computer Forensics Institute to disseminate homeland security information related to the investigation and prevention of cyber and electronic crime and related threats, and educate, train, and equip State, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges. "We grieve with you, and we share your pain", Pughes said. For me personally, this week hits home in a way I never wanted to imagine.

· The establishment of a Living Memorial fund that can support the families of officers and staff killed on duty in the future. We will not fail you, we will protect you. Not everyone is courageous enough to do what you do.

"People march and protest. but you don't see marches and protests to say 'Thank you, '" he said. McMillon said, "It's very important for the citizens to realize the sacrifices the officers have paid to make them safe".

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

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