Thursday, May 17, 2018 started out with gray threatening clouds, but that did not deter the several members of our lodge who began setting up the grounds for what would be a very exciting and emotional day. As preparations were being completed, members of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office honor guard started arriving for the day’s activities. Then as officers and guests started to arrive, a slight drizzle began to fall. Patrol cars from the various police departments throughout Iredell County were positioned around the perimeter as a show of support for our fallen brothers.
As the 10:00 starting time approached, and people were taking their seats, the heavens opened up. Tears of Faith, Hope, and Love descended on the gathering from God in the form of a very heavy rain fall.
As the program began, all eyes became entranced at the nine chairs sitting in front of the dais, rain falling on the nine red roses placed there in memory of our nine heroes, who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Iredell County.
The program was steeped with tributes to the fallen, with prayers, the roll call of our heroes, and the inspiring reflections by Sheriff Darren Campbell. The sheriff spoke about the law enforcement community and its responsibilities to the public. He noted the dangers of being a police officer today, and how the community and the law enforcement personnel have a responsibility to work together.
After the ceremonies, all attendees were treated to a port-a-chicken luncheon that was prepared by the members of Cooking for Christ. The meal was absolutely delicious, and a very special THANK YOU to those who prepared it.
In all the years that the lodge has participated in this event, I believe this was the largest turnout. If it wasn’t for the efforts of those who made this event a great success, those who gave the ultimate sacrifice would be forgotten.
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