David Rosen
Seattle Police and other law enforcement agencies gathered at Forest Lawn Cemetery today to remember their fellow officers who were killed in the line of duty.

SLIDESHOW: 7th annual Police Memorial service honors fallen officers

By David Rosen

Seattle Police and other law enforcement agencies gathered at Forest Lawn Cemetery today to remember their fellow officers who were killed in the line of duty.

The service began with a prelude played by the Seattle Police Pipes & Drums, followed by the Post Colors presented by the Seattle Police Department Honor Guard.

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The National Anthem was performed by Ms. Lucy Weber, Mezzo-Soprano of the Seattle Opera.

Many other speakers were at the service including Deputy Chief Nicholas Metz of the Seattle Police Department, Seattle Police Chief John Diaz, Chaplain John k Oas, D.D. of SPD, and keynote speaker Sgt. Frank Kampsen, Founding President, WSLEMF.

Immediately following the memorial, a luncheon was provided for all the guests.

The printed program made reference to the forthcoming Seattle Police Memorial,

" The Seattle Police Memorial and the annual Remembrance Ceremony honor the memory and sacrifice of Seattle Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. It will be located prominently on the grounds of Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Seattle which neighbors the Seattle Police Department's Southwest Precinct.

The memorial will be crafted blending the beauty and strength of forged glass, stone and metal to create a memorial of unique tribute to the fallen officers with the name of each officer inscribed on the Memorial.

Together with the formation of the Seattle Police Memorial Trust, the Memorial will stand to honor these lost law enforcement heroes of our community and serve to memorialize their sacrifice. Each year, a Remembrance Ceremony will be held at the Memorial in conjunction with National Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police week. For more information on how you can be involved with the Seattle Police Memorial, please call 206-932-0050."

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