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NATIONAL POLICE WEEK

The nation will be celebrating National Police Week May 12 through May 18.  Below are pictures I took of Pittsburgh’s Police Officer’s Memorial.  The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is located at North Shore and Art Rooney Avenue near Heinz Field.

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THE MEMORIAL READS

A PART OF AMERICA DIED

“Somebody killed a policeman today,
And a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.
The suspect who shot him will stand up in court,
With counsel demanding his rights,
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend alone many long nights.
The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too,
Just as if he’d gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won’t fly at half mast,
To his name they will add a gold star.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
It happened in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
A cop put his life on the line.
Now, his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,
And he stands at each new rookie’s side.
He answered the call and gave us his all,
And a part of America died.”

Author Unknown 

PRESIDENT OBAMA PAYS TRIBUTE TO FALLEN POLICE OFFICERS – MAY 15, 2013

p051512ps-0150(Photo taken from the internet, it was taken by Pete Souza)

BE ENCOURAGED!  BE BLESSED!

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8 Responses to “NATIONAL POLICE WEEK”

  1. Jen’s brother is a police officer. It’s sad how thankless a job his is.

    • That is sad. Without police officers our cities would be more of a war zone and our liberties impaired. We salute Jen’s brother for his service.
      BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  2. Lovely photos, Francine. That poem is very moving indeed. Policing is a very noble profession.

  3. My father was a policeman. I don’t think they had an appreciation week back then.

  4. Oh my how very sad, a lovely poem and its good that tribute is paid where its due.

  5. I often think of what a policeman or fireman earns vs some of our mega-athletes and movie stars. Makes you wonder about our priorities, doesn’t it. Very nice post Francine.

  6. A beautiful and inspiring tribute to our unsung heroes who everyday risk their lives so we all can have a life free from fear. Lets us offer our thoughts and prayers to those who died and to family they left behind. They need our supportn not just this week but everyday.

  7. We take so much of what they do for granted. It takes a special kind of person to want to become a police officer. Thanks, Francine, for highlighting their week.


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