Honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at police memorial ceremony

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-- A large crowd turned out on a sunny day to pay their respects to fallen police officers.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol Drum & Bugle Corps escorted the families of fallen officers to the 31st Annual Great Cleveland Peace Officers ceremony.

Julia Ruane lost her brother, Cleveland officer Desmond Sherry, 36 years ago, to an assailant.
"That pain is (still) as fresh," Ruane told the crowd.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said he struggles every year with trying to find the right words to express to the families at this event.

"We do appreciate the sacrifice you have made," Jackson said.

The day included the reading of over 300 names of fallen officers.

"We take a little moment here to think about the danger," said Capt. Keith Sulzer of the Cleveland Police Department.

police weekThe ceremony is held in conjunction with police week every year in mid-May. In 1963, President John Kennedy established May 15 as a day to remember fallen officers, just six months before he was assassinated.

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