Law enforcement memorial ceremony to honor fallen officers

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The names carved into the granite monuments at Cape County Park North represent the 52 officers from 13 local counties who lost their lives serving and protecting their communities..

Saturday, May 21, Seniors and Lawmen Together, or “S.A.L.T.” for short, will host its annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at Cape Bible Chapel, where those 52 officers will be honored.

S.A.L.T. member Doug Austin said this ceremony will be humbling for those who attend.

“You won’t sleep well that night just from the realization of what these men and women do and the families they leave behind to mourn them,” he said. “It’s just a very humbling experience, and I’m glad to be a part of it.” 

Even though some of the officers honored at the ceremony passed away some 100 years ago, their impact on the community is not lost.

“It’s easy to forget them. Fortunately for here, most of the people who passed away are from some time ago, so most of their relatives are even gone,” S.A.L.T. member Paul Nenninger said. “This is our chance to say, ‘Hey, we remember.’” 

Even though this week is National Police Week, Austin said this ceremony and S.A.L.T. as a whole remind people that we should always recognize the importance of law enforcement officers to a community.

“We think we’re so busy and pulled in so many different directions,” he said. “We try to make people aware all the time, not just this week, not just this month, for law enforcement, but all the time what an important job they do.” 

We should, and will, never forget.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. All are invited, and attendees are encouraged to visit the monuments at Cape County Park North.

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