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We Remember What It Means To Honor Our Fallen Soldiers, Police

On the last Monday in May every year, most Americans acknowledge Memorial Day Weekend as a time to honor the lives of our soldiers who died while protecting our freedom.
Many people travel on the three-day weekend to visit family and friends, attending community gatherings, leisure activities, or sports events. People often visit cemeteries and place tiny American flags on their loved ones’ graves. On Memorial Day itself, a national moment of silence takes place at 3 p.m. so we all can remember our war dead.
The holiday weekend follows on the heels of National Police Week, when we in law enforcement take time to remember fallen officers who died in the line of duty, keeping us safe. This year we marked last week, May 12-18, with remembrances:
Four members of our VSO Honor Guard traveled to Washington D.C. to represent our Sheriff’s Office for National Police Week. Members of the team attend this gathering every year to honor our fallen deputies whose names are on the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial.
On May 16, local law enforcement agencies participated in the annual Volusia-Flagler Law Enforcement Memorial gathering at Daytona Memorial Park in Daytona Beach with music, flags, and gun salutes. Members of our VSO command staff read the names of local law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty and paid tribute to their memory.
On May 17, two sworn members of our agency participated in a similar memorial service in Temple Terrace, near Tampa, where sworn human heroes and K9 officers were remembered. Our Sgt. Zimmerer and his recently departed K9 Koda were honored. Koda retired from the VSO after a lifetime of service and companionship.

Unfortunately, for many of us throughout our country, every week is Police Week, where we honor fellow law en-forcement officers nationally who have lost their lives in the line of duty while protecting others.
Please join me in remembering the fallen U.S. soldiers—and law enforcement officers—who are no longer with us as we honor Memorial Day this holiday weekend.
To everyone who has served in our military and/or in law enforcement, and to all the families who sacrifice precious months and years with their loved one, thank you and your loved one for what you’ve given us. We hope every man and woman comes home safe, but we know our world is not a safe place and not everyone gets to come home.
We respect you; we support you, and our prayers are with you.

God bless everyone,
Sheriff Mike Chitwood