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Bellingham police to hold vigil for U.S. officers killed in 2015

The Honor Guard and Mounted Patrol Unit salute at the Fort Worth Police Department annual Peace Officers Memorial Service on May 4, 2016. The Bellingham Police Department will hold its own vigil Sunday, May 15, for all U.S. officers killed on duty in 2015.
The Honor Guard and Mounted Patrol Unit salute at the Fort Worth Police Department annual Peace Officers Memorial Service on May 4, 2016. The Bellingham Police Department will hold its own vigil Sunday, May 15, for all U.S. officers killed on duty in 2015. Star-Telegram

The Bellingham Police Department will honor the 123 U.S. police officers who were killed on duty in 2015 with a candlelight vigil Sunday, May 15.

The event, scheduled for 7 p.m. outside the department’s headquarters at 505 Grand Ave., is open for anyone to attend. It aims to recognize the sacrifice made by the officers and honor their families, BPD said.

The vigil will consist of a flag presentation by the local honor guard, as well as speeches by department leaders. A candle will be lit for each fallen officer.

The section of Grand Avenue between Lottie and Girard streets will be closed for the event. Vehicles with specialty parking permits will be allowed into the BPD parking lot, and overflow parking will be available at the Bellingham Municipal Court parking lot at 2014 C St.

The day of the event, May 15, marks the first day of National Police Week.

Kyle Mittan

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