The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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May 15, 2014

Remembering fallen heroes: Peace officers and their families saluted in annual event

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PALESTINE —

This is the world members of law enforcement brave for the sake of preserving peace and justice, Doran said — “men and women who, in our service, gave the ultimate sacrifice surrendering their hopes, their dreams, their loves, their lives.

“They gave all of this, standing between the worlds of dark and light so that you and I and everyone else may live lives of peace,” he said.

Doran called out the officers “who every day put on a badge and gun, who walk away from the safety of their homes” to confront lawbreakers, respond to calls and insert themselves into dangerous situations for the sake of preserving peace. On that note, he honored their families as well — who are seldom mentioned, he added — but who also sacrifice so much in watching their loved ones walk out into this dark world each day.

In honor of these officers and their families, Vietnam Veterans Chapter No. 991 presented the colors and closing flag ceremony, followed by a prayer led by Michael Lumpkins and “Taps,” played by Bonnie Severn.

Frankston Police Chief Darren Goodman also led attendants in the singing of the hymn “Amazing Grace.”

Refreshments were provided by Ann Coleman following the ceremony.

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