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Published on May 19, 2024
Plano Police Department to Salute Fallen Officers with 21-Gun Salute at Memorial ServiceSource: Google Street View

The streets of Plano, Texas will reverberate with the sounds of a 21-gun salute today as the Plano Police Department honors those who have died in the line of duty. A service is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church to pay tribute to Texas Law Enforcement Officers, the Plano Texas Police Department stated.

Starting around 11:30 AM, the somber sound of gunshot will mark the ceremonial 21-gun salute, consisting of three volleys of blank gunfire. Done in a manner that is both controlled and ceremonial, startling sounds will echo through the streets, meant to salute and not to alarm. "We understand that such sounds can be startling," the Plano Texas Police Department assures Plano residents, but underscores it is a carefully planned event.

The memorial comes as a moment of reflection for the community, acknowledging the sacrifice and courage of officers who have fallen in their sworn duty to serve and protect. These rituals serve as a reminder of the said sacrifices by those who wore the badge. The Police Department is urging the public to remember this is a show of respect and not a cause for concern.

The annual memorial serves not just as a moment of honor but also as a bridge between the community and those who serve, reinforcing the gravity of the profession and the respect it commands. Remembering that blank rounds are used, the department hopes this act of ceremonial reverence will be mistaken not for actions of menace but gestures of honor. "This is a planned event to pay our respects to our fallen officers and show gratitude for their courage and dedication," the Plano Texas Police Department emphasized.