Slain Officers Remembered

Officers carried a wreath from the Meridian Police Station to the Peace Officers Memorial, located at 23rd Avenue and 7th Street.

Peace Officers Memorial Day is actually May 15, but this year it falls on a Saturday.

The day has been observed since it was signed into law by President Kennedy in 1962.

"Every day an officer takes a risk when they get up and get out of bed and get ready for work every day. You never know whether you're going to get to go home that afternoon or that morning," said Meridian's Asst. Police Chief Jeff Lewis. "And we just like to say 'thank you' for what these people do, the men and women of law enforcement, sheriff's departments, the state police, everybody."

Meridian has lost four officers in the line of duty since 1888:
James Collins, Oct. 28, 1888
Eugene White, May 21, 1908
Jim Culpepper, Oct. 10, 1910
Alma Walters, Dec. 28, 1985

A candlelight vigil is being held in Washington, D.C., Thursday night at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

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