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Honor our peace officers and our veterans

Marietta Daily Journal - 5/12/2017

DEAR EDITOR:

On Monday, May 15, the nation observes Peace Officers Memorial Day and the start of National Police Week as a tribute to all the federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.

This occasion also gives us the chance to thank local peace officers for all they do to help keep our communities safe and come to the aid of citizens who are in need of assistance - whether it be medical assistance via emergency first aid, delivering babies, treating overdose victims, assisting at accident scenes or locating a missing child or pet.

By some estimates, former military personnel comprise about half of police officers nationwide. That shouldn't be surprising. There is a continuity of purpose - service to one's country and community. In both cases, personnel start each day with the knowledge that before day's end, they may be putting their lives at risk. It's a duty they willingly accept. We owe a debt of thanks to them and their families for the dedication, commitment and perseverance they demonstrate on behalf of citizens and communities everywhere.

At Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care, we make it a special point to honor America's veterans throughout the year. On this special day, we want to make sure that peace officers everywhere share in that recognition and are aware of the gratitude and respect that they engender.

Greg Werner

Executive Director

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care

Atlanta Regional Office

 
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