Hawaii breaks ground on 'long overdue' Law Enforcement Memorial
New memorial honors 61 Hawaii officers killed in line of duty
By Ron Mizutani
HONOLULU - It was a ground-breaking ceremony many believed was long overdue. A memorial honoring Hawaii's law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Sixty-one have made the ultimate sacrifice; their names are part of what's known as the "end of watch roll call."
"Too many of our colleagues, friends and loved ones are no longer here but in both spirit and memory, they are with us, their examples guide and inspire us in our efforts to strengthen the cause they so faithfully and well served - the cause of justice," said United States Attorney Florence Nakakuni.
Soon those men and women will be a part of a memorial on the Honolulu Hale Civic Grounds.
"This memorial will be a visual tribute to our officers who have gone above and beyond their calling. Those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. As well as a place for the families of these courageous men and women to come together and remember," said Joan Gribbin-Aiu, the executive director of the Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation