The lives of fallen peace officers were honored this (Wednesday) morning at a memorial service at the Washington County Courthouse.

Local law enforcement officials salute during the
playing of "Taps" at a memorial observance on
Wednesday for fallen peace officers.

The Washington County Peace Officers Association led the service as part of Peace Officers Memorial Day, observed on May 15th of each year to acknowledge the local, state and federal officers who have died in the line of duty.

Daniel Gaskamp of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office led the memorial.  Gaskamp stated that 137 officers died in the United States in 2023, including 37 from Texas.  He talked about their roles as spouses, parents and community members who took an oath to serve and who laid down their lives for that goal.

Daniel Gaskamp of the Washington County Sheriff's
Office addresses the crowd at Wednesday's
memorial observance for fallen peace officers
outside of the Washington County Courthouse.

The service ended with the placing of a memorial wreath on a monument outside of the courthouse, accompanied by the playing of “Taps” by members of the Brenham Cub Band.

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