All Gave Some, Some Gave All . . .

In a couple of weeks, we will pause as a nation to remember our fallen military members, those who gave “the last full measure.”

This week receives much less attention, but is also designated to remember those among us who have laid down their very life for the freedom we all enjoy.

This is Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Week.

Seldom do many folks stop to think the “front line” is so close to home. Men and women who serve as police officers, sheriff’s deputies, highway patrol troopers, game wardens and other municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement officers across the country leave home each day for the uncertainty of the “battlefield” of our streets and communities, not knowing if this day will be their last.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) , there have been 37 officers who have died in the line of duty so far in 2008. In 2007 there were 187.

I have served as a full-time police officer and currently as a reserve officer and chaplain. I can tell you first hand that these folks, just like our troops overseas, serve and sacrifice with a willing heart.

It would mean a lot for you to say “thank you” to the next officer you see. Their ultimate goal is to protect and to serve – you, your family and our nation.      

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