Sedalia honors fallen officers during annual Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony


Sedalia Police Chief John DeGonia speaks to the crowd gathered Tuesday evening outside the Municipal Building, 200 S. Osage Ave., about the purpose of the Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony as members of the Sedalia Police Department stand to his left. The annual ceremony honors law enforcement officers who gave their lives to serve others; from May 16, 2015, to May 15, 2016, 121 officers died in the line of duty. DeGonia also read “What are police made of” by Paul Harvey. Nicole Cooke | Democrat


Members of the Sedalia Police Department and students from the University of Central Missouri Police Academy stand side by side as they listen to Richard DeFord sing the National Anthem during Tuesday night’s Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony outside the Municipal Building. Nicole Cooke | Democrat


Smith-Cotton student Yeager Coen performs Taps to conclude the Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony after the 21-gun memorial salute from the Sedalia Police Department Honor Guard. Nicole Cooke | Democrat


Mayor Stephen Galliher and Pastor Jim Downing of First United Methodist Church look upon the American flag during the singing of the National Anthem. Downing gave the invocation during the ceremony, reminding those gathered to look at the Sedalia police officers and remember they are neighbors, brothers and sisters who have stepped up to protect the community. Galliher read a proclamation declaring this week as Police Week in Sedalia. Nicole Cooke | Democrat


The Sedalia Police Department Honor Guard performs a 21-gun memorial salute to honor the law enforcement officers who died during the past year at the Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony. Nicole Cooke | Democrat


Sedalia Police Chief John DeGonia speaks to the crowd gathered Tuesday evening outside the Municipal Building, 200 S. Osage Ave., about the purpose of the Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony as members of the Sedalia Police Department stand to his left. The annual ceremony honors law enforcement officers who gave their lives to serve others; from May 16, 2015, to May 15, 2016, 121 officers died in the line of duty. DeGonia also read “What are police made of” by Paul Harvey. Nicole Cooke | Democrat
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD051816PeaceOfficerMemorial-1.jpgSedalia Police Chief John DeGonia speaks to the crowd gathered Tuesday evening outside the Municipal Building, 200 S. Osage Ave., about the purpose of the Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony as members of the Sedalia Police Department stand to his left. The annual ceremony honors law enforcement officers who gave their lives to serve others; from May 16, 2015, to May 15, 2016, 121 officers died in the line of duty. DeGonia also read “What are police made of” by Paul Harvey. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Members of the Sedalia Police Department and students from the University of Central Missouri Police Academy stand side by side as they listen to Richard DeFord sing the National Anthem during Tuesday night’s Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony outside the Municipal Building. Nicole Cooke | Democrat
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD051816PeaceOfficerMemorial2-1.jpgMembers of the Sedalia Police Department and students from the University of Central Missouri Police Academy stand side by side as they listen to Richard DeFord sing the National Anthem during Tuesday night’s Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony outside the Municipal Building. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Smith-Cotton student Yeager Coen performs Taps to conclude the Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony after the 21-gun memorial salute from the Sedalia Police Department Honor Guard. Nicole Cooke | Democrat
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD051816PeaceOfficerMemorial3-1.jpgSmith-Cotton student Yeager Coen performs Taps to conclude the Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony after the 21-gun memorial salute from the Sedalia Police Department Honor Guard. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Mayor Stephen Galliher and Pastor Jim Downing of First United Methodist Church look upon the American flag during the singing of the National Anthem. Downing gave the invocation during the ceremony, reminding those gathered to look at the Sedalia police officers and remember they are neighbors, brothers and sisters who have stepped up to protect the community. Galliher read a proclamation declaring this week as Police Week in Sedalia. Nicole Cooke | Democrat
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD051816PeaceOfficerMemorial4-1.jpgMayor Stephen Galliher and Pastor Jim Downing of First United Methodist Church look upon the American flag during the singing of the National Anthem. Downing gave the invocation during the ceremony, reminding those gathered to look at the Sedalia police officers and remember they are neighbors, brothers and sisters who have stepped up to protect the community. Galliher read a proclamation declaring this week as Police Week in Sedalia. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

The Sedalia Police Department Honor Guard performs a 21-gun memorial salute to honor the law enforcement officers who died during the past year at the Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony. Nicole Cooke | Democrat
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_TSD051816PeaceOfficerMemorial5-1.jpgThe Sedalia Police Department Honor Guard performs a 21-gun memorial salute to honor the law enforcement officers who died during the past year at the Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Sedalia Police Chief John DeGonia speaks to the crowd gathered Tuesday evening outside the Municipal Building, 200 S. Osage Ave., about the purpose of the Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony as members of the Sedalia Police Department stand to his left. The annual ceremony honors law enforcement officers who gave their lives to serve others; from May 16, 2015, to May 15, 2016, 121 officers died in the line of duty. DeGonia also read “What are police made of” by Paul Harvey. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Members of the Sedalia Police Department and students from the University of Central Missouri Police Academy stand side by side as they listen to Richard DeFord sing the National Anthem during Tuesday night’s Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony outside the Municipal Building. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Smith-Cotton student Yeager Coen performs Taps to conclude the Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony after the 21-gun memorial salute from the Sedalia Police Department Honor Guard. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

Mayor Stephen Galliher and Pastor Jim Downing of First United Methodist Church look upon the American flag during the singing of the National Anthem. Downing gave the invocation during the ceremony, reminding those gathered to look at the Sedalia police officers and remember they are neighbors, brothers and sisters who have stepped up to protect the community. Galliher read a proclamation declaring this week as Police Week in Sedalia. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

The Sedalia Police Department Honor Guard performs a 21-gun memorial salute to honor the law enforcement officers who died during the past year at the Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony. Nicole Cooke | Democrat

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