Flag ceremony honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — In honor of National Police Week, the Harrisonburg Police Department and Rockingham County Sheriff's Office held their Peace Officers Memorial Day flag ceremony on Tuesday.

After the presentation of colors, Chief Eric English, of HPD, read the names of four officers who lost their lives in the line-of-duty in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

Manuel W. Trenary, Wayne B. Stoutamyer, William R. Davies, and John E. Rafter were the four officers called, followed by four consecutive bell rings.

Members of their families were present at the ceremony and were asked to step forward as Chief English thanked them for their ultimate sacrifice.

"Thank you, thank you from all of us," English said, "thank you for allowing them to be a part of this profession and just know that their service will forever be appreciated."

Rockingham County Commonwealth's Attorney Marsha Garst served as the guest speaker for the ceremony and talked about building a stronger bond between the community and law enforcement.

"May we have no more names added to this list in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County," Garst said. "May we instead build a community that is safe and protected by our guardians, our officers."

After the ceremony, residents had the chance to speak to officers over free coffee and donuts.

On Wednesday, Harrisonburg Police asks you to wear blue to honor police officers across the county.