As this year's Memorial Day holiday unfolds and we get involved in our celebrations or family cookouts of the day, let us take a moment to remember the reason behind this day - to honor those who so bravely served our country and gave their lives in defense of the freedoms we enjoy.
We currently have four Lakeland Police officers on active military duty today. Our prayers are for their safe return to LPD as soon as possible.
In the mean time, we are grateful for all who served in the various branches of our military, and we thank you for what you have done for our country.
To the families of our fallen heroes - thank you for what you gave us and the emotions that you face everyday, not just on Memorial Day.
For the rest of us, let's not get so busy today that we do not take a personal moment to give our thanks - in whatever manner you feel is appropriate - to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation.
- Asst Chief Bill LePere