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Ceremony for fallen police officers honors service and sacrifice
Police officers riding motorcycles lead off the procession during the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony in Concord on Friday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
"It just shows you that everybody is here to show their support and love and never forget what our men and women (in blue) do every day," Kathleen Lahey, sister of slain Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney, said after the ceremony.
Gov. Maggie Hassan thanked the law enforcement community for its selfless service.
"Public safety is the most important task of any government. Our people, our families and our communities cannot thrive if we live in fear," the governor said.
The Maine woman has reached out to other Granite State law enforcement families dealing with their grief, telling them: "The hurt is real, the pain is real and you have to deal with it however it's best for you. You will smile again and you will laugh again. Memories are precious and they're always with you."
"It's a shame people are not aware of what their daily activities expose them to, and they do it with great pride and professionalism," Lord said.
Today, his dad, Arthur Miller, said the annual ceremony remembering his son and the others "means a great deal" to him.
The slain officer's brother, David Miller, wore a button pinned on his shirt with the officer's photo and the inscription "R.W. Miller 1976."
Attorney General Joseph Foster read the roll call of names of the fallen officers, each one followed by a family member or police officer pinning a red carnation on to a flower arrangement.
Eddie Graziano stepped forward after hearing the name of his grandfather, Nashua Police Officer Edward Graziano. The teenager never knew his grandfather, who died in 1964 when a vehicle struck his police motorcycle on Route 3 in Nashua.
"Today meant a lot of things. Honoring my grandfather and being here for him," the seventh-grader said after the event. "Having my chorus up here means a lot to me."
"You have your days: your good ones, your bad ones," she said. "Always on your mind, always in your heart."
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