WASHINGTON D.C. - Thousands of police officers are in our nation's capital to honor their fallen colleagues. Many of them are from local departments.
Two Massachusetts officers are among the 144 that will be memorialized.
The families of Sgt. Sean Gannon and Sgt. Michael Chesna are in Washington D.C. They flew down, but Sgt. Gannon’s wife and one of his colleagues took the long way – for a good reason.
Four days and 300 miles later, the wife of fallen Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon arrived in our nation's capital with dozens of her late husband's colleagues – and law enforcement from around the region – cheering her on in the rain.
Dara Gannon finished the police unity tour from New Jersey to D.C. with Yarmouth Detective Mike Wells.
It raises money for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial, which now has both Sgt. Gannon and Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna’s name.
The end of the ride marks the beginning of National Police Week, which will honor 144 officers from around the country that were killed in the line of duty.
Both of their families are there for the ceremonies.
Boston 25 News spoke to Sgt. Gannon's mother before she left for the capital.
"This will be almost like living through it from day one again," said Denise Morency Gannon.
Although difficult emotionally, the Gannon family says the continued support, such as memorials and ceremonies like the one in D.C., do provide some comfort.
"We have not gone a day without messages, mail, awards, memorials," Denise said. "There hasn't been a cessation of any of that.
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Every small gesture does not go unnoticed."
There are events all week long. On Monday, officers will gather at the national mall for a vigil for the fallen officers.
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- Weymouth Police Officer Michael Chesna posthumously promoted to sergeant
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- Vigil held to honor victims
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