Bagpipes for Police Week

Alvin ISD Police Department holds their annual Police Memorial the week of May 15th each year.

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

On May 12th, 2014 Alvin ISD held their annual police memorial. Starting at 10:00 am, Scot Bryant opened the service with a prayer asking the Lord Jesus to be with the families of those who have fallen and for us as citizens to always remember those who lay down their life for the protection of others.

After the prayer, Chief Putnal and District Attorney Jeri Yenne opened up with words of gratitude and praise for those who have fallen in the life of duty.

When they were finished, I lead the Alvin Police Honor Guard and the Alvin ISD Police Honor Guard out of the building playing "Amazing Grace".

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I marched down the aisle, faced the podium and continued to play until the firing squad and the honor guard were in place. When I finished playing, I stood at the back to observe the service.

A wreath was placed at the flag pole in honor of the officers who had fallen in the line of duty. The Alvin ISD Police Honor Guard raised the American flag to the top of the pole, then lowered it to half mast.

Following taps, the Alvin Police Honor Guard sounded off with the 21 gun salute.

This was a short but meaningful memorial service that was held for the fallen.

I have played for many of these types of memorial services over the years and always find them to be touching and sometimes emotional for those

who attend.

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