NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A memorial honoring fallen law enforcement was held on Wednesday morning in the Lowcountry.
The annual memorial will took place at the City of North Charleston Recreational Building at Park Circle.
Wednesday’s ceremony honored all law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, including 71 who have died in the Tri-County area.
According to a press release from the Fraternal Order of Police, the tri-county area experienced its first loss in 1879, when Charleston Police Sergeant John Harlow was shot and killed while attempting to break up a disturbance at the intersection of King Street and Calhoun Street.
The special tribute included guest speakers, a reading of the names of fallen officers, a 21-gun salute, a flag-folding ceremony, the playing of “Taps,” “Amazing Grace” and a moment of silence.
“It is a true privilege to honor each of these 71 officers for their service and extend the utmost respect to their loved ones for their memories and sacrifice,” said John Blackmon, the Tri-County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3.