The friends, families, and co-workers of 155 fallen officers from all over the nation gathered in Washington DC for a series of ceremonies and events to remember the lost heroes of 2005. Thousands of officers and families attended a very moving candlelight vigil at The Wall in Judiciary Square and the National Memorial Service where President Bush was the Key Note Speaker. Our family will never be the same and will never forget those we met.
The Police Unity Tour Bicycle riders from all over America rode hundreds of miles to arrive at the wall on Friday. Officer Tracy Clark (Tallahassee Florida PD) & Officer Tim Hankard (South Wndsor Connecticut PD) wore bracelets for Tara since she couldn't ride for herself. Thank you both from our hearts.
Tara's friends and family were escorted by Officers and Senior Staff of the Kennesaw Police Department at the induction service and candlelight vigil in Judiciary square surrounded by The Wall. The service was hosted by The National Law Enforcement Memorial fund Organization and the Key Note Speaker was U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez.
The National Law Enforcement Memorial Service was hosted by The FraternalOrder Of Police on The Capital's lawn. Vince Gill sang "Go Rest High On That Mountain". The Key Note Speaker was President George W. Bush.
After delivering his address, The President place the first carnation, a blue carnation, in the Memoirial Wreath. He then spent almost two hours visiting with the survivor families. His personal concern and compassion for the lost officers and families was obvious and very much appreciated. Thank You Mr.President.
After The President's blue carnation, one by one, the survivor familes placed red carnations in the wreath and filled in the star. The wreath was then taken from the Capital to Judiciary Square and The Wall where it was honored by rotating Honor Guard from all over the nation.
The Wall is a full city block long shaped surrounding both side of Judiciary Square. The Wall contains the names of 17,400+ Law Enforcement Officers that have fallen in the line of duty. This memorial will ensure that they are never forgotten. Each year during this week, the pictures, stories, and other memorabilia are left here to tell their stories. The name of Officer Tara M. Drummond is located at 55-W-25; (55th block-West wall- 25th line).
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