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A night of honor and respect.
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December 14, 2015       Leave a Comment
By: John Keuvelaar

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On a comfortable December night, police officers from across the state assembled at First Presbyterian Church for the 14th annual Project Blue Light service. The packed sanctuary with its beautiful d├ęcor was magnificently decorated in holiday greens and lights adding a fitting touch in honoring those that have served us so faithfully over the years.


The presenting Color Guard officers from Saginaw and the Sault Sainte Marie.
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Family members of a fallen officer approach the wreath to place their red rose in honor of a loved one.
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A daughter honors her dad.
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This event is organized and hosted by the students who are enrolled in the Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice program at the Bay-Arenac ISD Career Center. The Western High School Choir joined in the program adding their vocal talents and presentation enhancing the event.

The evening got started with the Sault Sainte Marie (Ont.) Police Department Honor Guard handling the Presentation of Colors while the Western HS Choir sang both Countries National Anthems.


A Sault Sainte Marie Officer displays Canada's flag.
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There were many moments like this that words can't adequately describe.
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This year's speaker was Tom Gillman, Coordinator of Police In-Service Training at Delta College and Representative of the Below 100 Initiative. Mr. Gillman is a retired Sergeant with the Bay County Sheriff Department and comes from a family of police officers. Tom's message with the Below 100 Initiative is to develop a safer environment and awareness for police officers so that the number of police officer fatalities in a year is Below 100.


A Saginaw Officer stands with his northern brothers and sisters.
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Tom Gillman delivers his keynote speach on the Below 100 program.
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The Western Choir sang "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Angel" while Brian Ducolon gave special honors to five of Bay City's retired officers who left us this year.


The Western High School Choir performed beautifully.
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The Wreath Presentation allowed Police Departments from across the state and Canada who were present to step forward and receive a beautiful wreath with a Blue Ribbon honoring all that have served in law enforcement. After a moment of silence, Taps was played with the White Pine Pipes and Drums adding the touching finale to a wonderful and moving service.

All in all, this was a fitting way for us to honor and show our appreciation for all that law enforcement does for our safety and protection. All are encouraged to make a Blue Light and a Blue Ribbon a part of your holiday decorations and make this service a part of next year's holiday season.


A wreath is delivered to the Hampton Township Fire Department.
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Officers from every represented Police Department ranging across the state received a wreath.
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White Pine Pipe and Drum closed out the ceremony.
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Hang an ornament from every tree to honor those that serve and protect us all.
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John Keuvelaar is a college student at Midwest Photography Workshops and Delta College.

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