Wednesday, May 16, 2012

We're Proud of You, Our Friends in Blue

May 13-19th is National Law Enforcement Memorial Week. We, at CRESA, sincerely appreciate and hold high respect for the work that our police officers do here in Clark County.

The county and city police agencies that we serve here in Clark County include:
CRESA also serves Washington State University in Vancouver, Burlington Northern Sante Fe and the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Tomorrow, our Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in the courtyard of the Clark County Public Service Center at 13th and Franklin streets in downtown Vancouver.

All regional law enforcement agencies will be represented at the ceremony, which will include the posting of the colors and a 21-gun salute. State Representative, Ann Rivers, from La Center, will give the address.  Portland Police Highland Guard Bagpipers will perform.

Two law enforcement officers from Washington, three from Oregon and 163 across the country were killed in the line of duty in 2011, according to a sheriff’s office release.

There will also be a candelight vigil at Crossroads Community Church, located at 7708 NE 78th ST i Vancouver, from 8:45p-9:15p on  Thursday, May 17th.  The general public is invited to participate and attend both events.  

The following poem is entitled, "Our Friends in Blue" and helps us beautifully say both today and always how proud we are of all of the men and women who serve and protect our communities.  Take a moment to reflect, with us, on the great folks who commit their lives to protect ours.  

We have worked together for many years,
It's our voices ringing in your ears.
We try to make those long days brighter,
And hopefully, the load a little lighter.
We send you to the bar-room brawl.
And out in the rain to the nuisance call.
We worry about you day and night.
To make sure every call turns out all right.
We share your sorrows, we share your joys,
That's why we think of you as ... "Our boys."
Then why have we never said to you,
"I'm proud of you ... my friend in blue."
Esther Corby

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