Ceremony Honors Fallen Police Officers

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Peace Officers Memorial Day is being recognized all across the country.

Police officers who have died in the line of duty were honored during a ceremony in Harrisonburg on Thursday. This includes the four officers, dating back to 1959, who have died in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Peace Officers Memorial Day is one of five annual days in which in which all public buildings across the country are asked to fly their American flags at half-staff.

Last year, two police officers in Virginia died while on the job, including Master Trooper Junius Walker, a state trooper, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Dinwiddie County in March.

After the ceremony, Harrisonburg Police Chief Stephen Monticelli spoke of the daily challenges for officers.

"In today's world, officers have lost their lives while getting a cup of coffee in a coffee shop. You've got to be observing and careful in everything you do, which is making it very difficult for law enforcement in being able to be that happy face and that community support person and always have to be on guard," said Monticelli.

On Thursday afternoon, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. to honor officers who have died in the line of duty.

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