(Cleveland) - Police men and woman from England, Japan, Canada, Luxemburg, and Australia attended the 29th Annual Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Service in Huntington Park across from the Justice Center.
Downtowners lined the route as the parade stepped off at 10:30 a.m. heading west on Lakeside Avenue to West 3rd Street. Among the units performer were the New York Police Pipes & Drums, the Quantico Marine Corp Band, and the Waterloo Canada Regional Police Band.
Spectators showed their support as mounted units, marching bands, and law enforcers from all over northeast Ohio paraded by, to attend a commemoration service for the fallen, conducted by the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society.
President Charles Lane Jr. said that thankfully, only one Ohio law enforcer lost his life in the line of duty in 2013, but unfortunately, many officers made the ultimate sacrifice nationally.
Guest speaker Holly Miktarian spoke of losing her husband Joshua just months after their daughter was born. The Twinsburg officer was killed on July 13, 2008.
The program ended with a rifle salute to fallen officers everywhere, by the Strongsville Police Department Ceremonial Unit.
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(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)