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"We Remember" Memorial Trek dedicated to Deputy Sheri Jones

By Robin Aaron
May 1, 2012 at 11 p.m.

The "We Remember" Memorial Trek across Texas takes place each year to honor the officers that have lost their lives and their families. This ride honors those brave men and women who have lain down their lives.

Our effort is to remind the citizens of Texas of the steadfastness and courage, of the confidence, zeal and loyalty that their Law Enforcement and Correctional officers show every day to the communities they serve. To remind these communities of what these brave men, women and their families have given up.

This year's memorial has been dedicated locally to the memory of Deputy Sheri Jones, killed in the line of duty at the Bowie County Courthouse in New Boston while transporting Tucker Strickland to a hearing at the local courthouse. Memorial riders made the trek to the courthouse for a ceremony attended by local officials and residents.

Judge Sterling Lacy opened the ceremony. Reverend Carl Sterling gave the invocation. Sheriff James Prince also unveiled the bench in memory of the fallen officer and then introduced the group of memorial riders.

Memorial Rider Steven Brazany placed a plaque in Sherri's honor and presented a memorial flag to Deputy Jones' honor. The Bowie Coutny Sherrif's Office Honor Guard gave the salute at the closing of the memorial service.

Every year an average of 161 Peace Officers and Correctional Officers die protecting the citizens of this country. These officers "pledged themselves to the betterment of their communities; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression, the peaceful against violence and disorder and the rights of all persons to liberty, equality and justice," a Texas Memorial Trek statement read. "They chose to stand to make a difference in this world when so many turn and look the other way. Their goal is to make their community a safe and better place for their families and ours."

The Texas Memorial Trek is made of police officers from different departments from around Texas. They began this years Trek in New Boston, Texas on April 26 and then ride to each County and City that lost part of their community in 2011.

These core riders will have traveled 1,763.96 miles across Texas mainly on bicycles by the end of the trek. They carry with them the names of those men and women who sacrificed so much for their communities. The Trek will end at the Texas State Capital on May 5, were a Remembrance Service in honor of those who passed away in 2011 as well as all officers, will be held at 1 p.m.

During this Remembrance Service, the Memorial flag will be flown.

The Core Riders hope to bring these fallen officers' memory and spirit to rest with their brother and sister officers, at the Peace Officers Memorial Wall.



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