Officers across Michiana honor fallen comrades

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

Flags will be flown at half-staff Wednesday across Indiana to honor fallen officers, killed in the line of duty.

It's Peace Officers Memorial Day, and several local departments, including Mishawaka and Indiana State Police, are honoring those they've lost.

Officers say the day is a reunion for families, friends and co-workers to pay tribute to those who died, and to remember them.

“It’s closure by no means but it brings people back together,” said Kenneth Witkowski with the Mishawaka Police Department. “As you distance yourself from the events you can speak about the brighter times and these officers and what it meant to us… It's all about honoring the guys that gave the ultimate sacrifice that gave it all for the community that you can’t say enough.”

The ceremony is part of National Police Week, where departments around the nation gather to remember fallen officers and civilians.

Nationally, President Obama will speak at the 32nd annual memorial service on Capitol Hill.

The nation has honored fallen officers on May 15 each year since President John F. Kennedy declared it a day of remembrance back in 1962.

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