Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial

On our last visit to Topeka D and I made some time for a quick visit to the capitol building. #7 had a little time off work and was able to visit the capitol with us before we all met up with #4 for lunch. I had put a nice wide angle lens on the camera expecting to take the usual tourist shot looking up at the dome, some close up details of the architecture, and maybe a shot or two of the murals painted on the walls.

kansas state law enforcement
1/25 – f/4.0 – ISO 800 – 17mm – handheld
kansas governor sam brownback
1/20 – f/4.0 – ISO 800 – 40mm – handheld
kansas law enforcement memorial ceremony
1/25 – f/4.0 – ISO 800 – 40mm – handheld

What I was not expecting was to walk into the 33rd Annual Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Services with Governor Brownback and other dignitaries about to speak.  I had no idea there was anything special going on in there that day.

33rd annual kansas law enforcement memorial
1/20 – f/4.0 – ISO 800 – 40mm – handheld

We stayed for some of the service and what we saw was very nice. All those officers in full dress uniforms surrounding the rails above the second floor rotunda while they paid respects to a fellow officer. The 2015 memorial observance was dedicated to Cpl. Harwood of the Topeka police department. Cpl. Harwood was shot in the line of duty during what seemed a routine traffic stop last fall. Even though there were crowds of people in the capitol building during the service it remained, for the most part, very quiet.

I did get a few shots of the inside of the building on this trip and I’ll have some of those to share tomorrow. Stay tuned…

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