JUNEAU - There are at least 97 reasons to attend the Juneau Police Department's annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Observances on the lawn of the Alaska State Museum today at 11:45 am. Four are JPD officers killed in the line of duty, and 93 are current police force members.
"As Alaskans, we remain forever grateful for the brave service and sacrifice of these law enforcement officers," Gov. Sean Parnell said. "And we honor and offer comfort to the survivors, the families and friends who were left behind."
As part of the 2010 National Police Week, a week set aside to honor the service and sacrifice of the nation's law enforcement officers, the observance will feature Parnell as keynote speaker. JPD Chief Greg Browning will give opening remarks, with colors presented by the JPD Honor Guard.
"To us, it is a time to reflect, honor and remember those officers nationwide, and our four officers, that died in the line of duty," Browning said.
He said the ceremony also honors "Those heroes putting themselves in harms way ... running toward the sound of gunfire instead of running away."
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Zoey Wilson, daughter of JPD Lt. Troy Wilson, will sing the National Anthem.
The event will conclude at Evergreen Cemetery for a wreath laying at the gravesite of Officer Richard Adair, who, along with detective Donald Dull, officers Jimmy Earl Kennedy and Karl Reishus, and AST Bruce Heck died in the line of duty.