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Legion Honors Fallen Police from Across the Country

by Bobby Blair
May 12, 2019

The National American Legion is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2019. The local American Legion Post #47 traditionally honors America's fallen heroes from the Iraq/Afghanistan war theater twice a year with a poster tribute along Washington Street. The number of those deaths has declined since 2003 according to Post Commander Steve Bradford. Bradford told the HollistonReporter.com that post members wanted to do several projects with the 100th in mind and since police deaths in the line of duty eclipsed war deaths, members decided to honor the nation's 147 law enforcement officials who died in 2018.

Holliston is no stranger to police being killed in the line of duty. On August 13th 1981, Holliston Officer John Johnson was gunned down after a vehicle stop in East Holliston. Several years later on February 26th 1983 Holliston resident and State Trooper George Hanna was shot and killed after a traffic stop in Auburn Massachusetts.

The poster board for the tribute was donated as it has been for the past sixteen years by a Hopedale company, Label Identification and a special thank you to Gerry Cangiano.

The tribute includes the names of 147 law enforcement personnel who died in the line of duty in 2018. The tribute will last until Sunday May 19th when the signs are taken down and replaced by thirty four posters with the names of those lost in Iraq & Afghanistan. The Holliston Police Department will observe Police Memorial Day on Wednesday May 15th with services at St. Mary's Cemetery.

 

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Comments (3)

While I appreciate the fact that you want to honor fallen police, on the placards of fallen soldiers is not the place to do it. And certainly not with that version of our flag that has been co-opted by people who are hostile to the Black Lives Matter movement.

- Bill St. George | 5/14/19 10:08 PM

I think it is important to note here that of the 147 police deaths, 52 were from gun fire.

~ Ellen George

5/13/2019

- Ellen George | 5/13/19 11:47 AM

Thank you for this article and for the tribute with signs. I saw them this morning and thought it was a little early for your annual Memorial Day tribute. Too many!

- Millie Kampersal | 5/12/19 5:05 PM

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