Just over a week ago, a man walked into a local coffee shop and gunned down four officers before fleeing. One officer managed to shoot him in the stomach, but he still got away. For two days, a manhunt was on, looking for the man who would commit such a travesty. A lone officer came across him in the middle of the night and was forced to shoot him. The man died at the scene.
Today, around 10 this morning, a funeral procession began for the four fallen officers.
This is what it looked like as they got ready to start:
Those are ONLY Police and fire trucks, not regular cars. As I watched, I saw cars from Canada, from Clamas, from places hours and hours. away. In fact, there were over a thousand members of the Royal Canadian Mountain Police at the destination site, where they moved the caskets into the Tacoma Dome. I think the T-dome holds something like 20,000 people. Though technically it is open to the public, they don't expect to have room for anything but police officers.
It is now 1:45. The processsion is not over. I haven't heard an actual number, but there must be thousands of police cars and fire trucks. They stretch from Lakewood to Tacoma, which covers several miles, in what seems to be a never-ending procession. People are lining the streets, waving flags, saluting the officers, and holding up signs that simply read, "THANK YOU." The businesses along the route don't expect customers, except those watching the procession, and have put out coffee and hot chocolate becuase it's around 20 degrees today.
It has moved me to tears to see such beautiful unity.