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Kotzebue Police Memorial Service May 13, 2002

Processional Parade at 1:30pm

Procession from Airport to Armory

Assembly following at the National Guard Armory at 2pm

CITY OF KOTZEBUE
MAYORAL PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, The Congress and President of the United States have designated May 15, 2002 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week; and

WHEREAS, the members of the Kotzebue Police Department play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the citizens of Kotzebue; and

WHEREAS, it is important that all citizens know and understand the duties, responsibilities, hazards, and sacrifices of their law enforcement agency, and that members of our law enforcement agency recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, by protecting them against violence and disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression; and

WHEREAS, the men and women of Kotzebue Police Department unceasingly provide a vital public service;

NOW THEREFORE, I Eugene S. Smith, Mayor of Kotzebue, call upon all citizens of Kotzebue and upon all patriotic, civic and educational organizations to observe the week of May 13-17, 2002 as Police Week with appropriate ceremonies and observances.

FURTHER, I call upon all citizens of Kotzebue to observe May 13, 2002 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day in honor of those law enforcement officers, who through their courageous deeds, have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community or have become disabled in the performance of their duty, and let us recognize and pay respect to the survivors of our fallen heroes.

In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of Kotzebue, Alaska to be affixed tghis 2nd day of May, 2002.

Eugene S. Smith,
Mayor of Kotzebue

Attest:
Nancy Mercer, City Clerk

Mayor Eugene Smith

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Guest Speakers

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Presentation of Colors
Alaska Army National Guard, escorted by Alaska State Trooper
Dan Cox and Kotzebue Police Officer Lee Virg-In

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Invocation by Pastor Jim Mercer, Kotzebue Assembly of God

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Vice-Mayor Gayle Ralston, City of Kotzebue

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Mayor Ross Schaeffer, Northwest Arctic Borough

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Andy Kapalko - President of the Kotzebue Alaska Peace Officers Association

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John Vascik, District Attorney, Nome

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Windy East, Assistant District Attorney, Kotzebue

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Sgt. Robert Baty, Alaska State Troopers

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Pastor Phil Greene, Kotzebue Church of God

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Elmer Armstrong, Kotzebue Regional Elders

Final Roll Call
Pastor Mike Purple, Kotzebue First Baptist Church,
assisted by Kotzebue Youth Court, Family, and Friends:

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9/11 Remembered: Father John Martinek, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church,
assisted by Jeannette Russell

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21-Gun Salute: Members of the Kotzebue Police Department and the Alaska State Troopers

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Benediction and Blessing: Superintendent David Miller, Friend’s Church

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Music provided by: Lorin Downing

Photographer: Alvin E. Werneke Jr.
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