05/12/10 135 W, 1 I - + 7 - 11 Wake County Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony


Nineteen fallen Wake County law enforcement officers were remembered in a ceremony in downtown Raleigh on Monday. This was the second year for the event, which was  held outside the Progress Energy Performing Arts Center, and in conjunction with National Law Enforcement Memorial Week, which is this week. Nineteen officers from the Morrisville Police Department, North Carolina Highway Patrol, Raleigh Police Department, Wake Forest Police Department, and Wake County Sheriff's Office have died on duty since 1922. See that list, posted last year by WRAL. Media coverage this year appears more scarce. Lee Wilson attended, and posted an extensive set of pictures from the ceremony. Readers, please add additional details about the ceremony, or related events during this memorial week.
 


Lee Wilson photo





Thank you for the post and thank you, Lee, for the pictures.
RPD - 05/12/10 - 13:43

You’re welcome RPD. It was a great ceremony and a beautiful day for it.
lee - 05/12/10 - 14:10

It really is a disgrace that so few officers showed up for this event or that so few firefighters showed up for the parade and ceremony 2 weeks ago! Why can’t we take a few hours of our day once a year to go to a memorial?
Mike - 05/12/10 - 18:25

Mike, is it possible that many pay their respects at other times, in other ways, and through the course of the calendar year? There are lots of ways to remember and memorialize the fallen.
Legeros - 05/12/10 - 18:39

I will agree with Mike how sad it is so few officers showed up for the police memorials or the fire memorial this year. We’ve been fortunate locally to have not lost a fire-fighter or police officer in the line of duty
Joe Brady (Email) (Web Site) - 05/12/10 - 20:31

there was no one from RFD or Wake EMS at the police memorial Monday (except for an EMS call that was at the location).
lee - 05/13/10 - 13:17

Mike I think you can show support in other ways, but it is still disgraceful not to come out to the memorials on their annual dates! This is when you show the families and the public that we have not forgotten the ultimate sacrifice that they made.
Mike - 05/13/10 - 16:42

There were no public announcements or invitations outside of the law enforcement community, at least not that I heard or saw. Is it possible that, not being invited, the fire and EMS community didn’t want to intrude?

There was a fire and EMS presence invited and provided at the Law Enforcement Memorial Run two saturdays ago.
Skip - 05/15/10 - 08:01

There’s also a promotional and communication piece in this, as Skip references. For example, I tend to be in the loop for event planning notices for the firefighter memorial each year, so my awareness level is pretty high. But not everyone may know or hear of what’s going on? Or is that an absurd notion? Guess there are a host of factors of why annual memorial events may have lower attendance than desired.
Legeros - 05/15/10 - 10:15



  
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