Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - A 21 gun salute concluded today's memorial service. Friends, family, as well as fellow law enforcement officers were on hand to pay their respects to their fallen comrades. Mayor Kaysen, who delivered the governor's proclamation today said that today's event and this week is about honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their fellow citizens.
"Today we pay honor to those fallen law enforcement officers throughout Wyoming that again as we heard today, paid the ultimate sacrifice for their service, to those folks throughout Wyoming. So, it's a day of remembrance, a day of tribute and a day of reflection."
The ceremony started with the governor's proclamation, but also included the reading of all 67 law enforcement officers from Wyoming who have died since 1877. There were Cheyenne Police Officers to National Park Rangers from Yellowstone on the list. The ceremony then included a march from the Capital steps, to the train depot. Laramie County Sheriff Danny Glick was very moved by the outpouring of support he saw today.
"...walking down the street, down to the depot today, we had people yelling thanks from the sidewalk and that's gratifying, that makes everything we do worth it."
Since 1877, 67 Wyoming law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty, but today wasn't just about Wyoming, ceremonies were held across the country for fallen heroes. In 2013, 112 law enforcement officers were killed in action and today was a great opportunity for the community to come out and show support for the law enforcement officers of Cheyenne, Laramie County as well as the state.
So with this week being Law Enforcement Memorial Week, next time you see a cop, or a deputy, or whomever puts on a badge everyday, make sure you thank them for their service because they keep us and our loved ones safe, and put themselves in-between us and harms way.