Sheriff honors ‘fallen heroes’

Published 4:12 am Wednesday, May 23, 2018

As citizens from throughout Washington Parish gathered under the flagpole in front of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office on Friday, Sheriff Randy Seal spoke words of remembrance and gratitude to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag, Sheriff Seal placed a wreath at the memorial to “Fallen Heroes of Washington Parish” who are memorialized in the tribute to Fallen Heroes located inside the lobby of the Sheriff’s Office. Drew LeBlanc, representing Buglers Across America, played “Taps” as the ceremony concluded. Attendees then had the privilege of viewing the memorial.

“Remembrance of our fallen heroes is always a solemn time for all of us,” Seal said. “These fine officers made the ultimate sacrifice as they worked to protect the residents of our parish. We are forever indebted to them.”

Seal’s full remarks were as follows:

“John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of these United States, uttered these words in May 1963.

“‘Whereas, from the beginning of this Nation, Law enforcement officers have played an important role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms which are guaranteed by the Constitution and in protecting the lives and property of our citizens; and

“Whereas, it is fitting and proper that we express our gratitude for the dedicated service and courageous deeds of law enforcement officers and for the contributions they have made to the security and well-being of all of our people; and

“Now, Therefore, I, John F. Kennedy, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate… Peace Officers Memorial Day, in honor of those peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, have lost their lives or have become disabled in the performance of duty.’

“Presidents since that time have honored the tradition began by President Kennedy. Our current president, Donald Trump, spoke these words earlier in this week.

“‘On Peace Officers Memorial Day … we acknowledge the incredible service and sacrifices law enforcement personnel make each day for their fellow Americans. The brave men and women of our nation’s law enforcement work long hours, often in dangerous situations, to protect our lives, liberty and property. We take this opportunity to pay tribute to law enforcement personnel who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. We will never forget their courage.’

“As the sheriff of Washington Parish, I proudly salute the patriots in law enforcement who selflessly serve the citizens of our parish, our state and our nation. We owe a deep debt of gratitude to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. These officers and their families have our prayers and unwavering gratitude.

“The wall and the bronze bust inside the doors of this building were created by my administration in 2014 to honor the fallen heroes of Washington Parish. Join me please, in a salute to our flag, followed by the playing of Taps, in memory of our local fallen heroes.”