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Police honor fallen comrades

May 15, 2014

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PD-21The Sedalia Police Department observed their 18th annual Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony Thursday evening at the Municipal Building during National Police Week, May 11-17.

The solemn ceremony was held in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Bagpiper Maryann Marti opened the ceremony by playing Amazing Grace.

Richard DeFord sang the National Anthem, followed by Sedalia Police Commander Larry Ward welcoming those in attendance.

Police Chaplain Manny Rodriguez gave the invocation, and Mayor Steve Galliher read a proclamation recognizing fallen officers. Then the SPD’s Honor Guard performed a 21-gun memorial Salute under the command of David Woolery. The event concluded with the playing of Taps by Yeager Coen.

Flags were at half staff during the ceremony, attended by city and county officials,  as well as members of the Sedalia Police Department, Sedalia Fire Department, Pettis County Sheriff’s Office, Pettis County Ambulance District, Missouri Highway Patrol, Boy Scouts, Sedalia School District 200 and UCM’s Police Academy, among others.

An open house and indoor reception followed. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia Weekly Observer.

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