There was a good turnout this morning at Jerry Ivey Memorial Park for the Peace officer memorial ceremony. It started with Police Color Guard Sgt. Chad McCary giving the presentation of Colors, Raising of Colors by the Police Color Guard, New Dawn Singers sang the Star Spangled Banner, Pastor Steve Gowin gave the Opening Prayer and Chief Brad Nelson welcomed everyone.
Sgt. Sarah Cox presented the Table Setting for the Fallen.
A table except for one empty space represents all officers who have fallen in the line of duty. A setting such as this is used to honor the fallen.
Table Square, showing the mini facets over officers’ lives, father or mother or brother or sister or daughter, and citizen hero.
The white tablecloth symbolizes the purity of their motives when answering the call for help.
The red rose represents the danger our fallen officers went through.
The Blue ribbon represents the trust and our loyalty to our comrades we’ve worked with.
The slice of lemon reminds us of the bitter taste of loss of a comrade or loved one.
The salt reminds us of our tears we have shed.
The wine glass is inverted to represent the inability for the fallen to sharing a future toast.
The ceremony also included the Roll-Call of Fallen Officers, a bagpipe presentation by Terry Ferguson, remarks from Mayor Karl Ryan, Benediction, salute, and taps performed by Gillian Falcon.