BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Officers and deputies from across the parish gave their respects this morning to those lost in the line of duty.
The annual law enforcement memorial service was held downtown on Friday, May 17, and over a hundred people showed up.
The crowd observed a moment of silence, and sang songs in honor and memory of those lost.
The Baton Rouge Police Department officers, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies and Mayor Kip Holden all spoke. Police Chief Carl Dabadie said that although we honor those who sacrificed their lives for us, the real heroes are often overlooked.
"They are the families of these officers who sacrificed endless days and nights when their loved ones were pulling another shift, making late arrests, spending their days off in court and going the extra mile to make sure their case was solid," he said.
The flag is flying at half staff tonight in honor of the service.