The Leander Police Department has been presented with an combat flag from Iraq as part of its own front to honor fallen police officers on Peace Officers Memorial Day. The flag was presented to Police Chief Gregory Minton on May 15 by a Leander police officer who is the brother of a U.S. Marine killed in Afghanistan.
“We join many other communities across this nation,” Chief Minton said at the flag presentation, "in honor of all that have laid down their lives. They were our peacemakers and those who put the welfare of others above their own.”
Minton was presented with a flag that was flown over the U.S. Army's Camp Weatherbee in Iraq. Derrell Weatherbee was a police officer from Maine who was serving in Iraq as part of a police advisory mission when he was killed by a sniper in 2006.
Years later, the flag from Camp Weatherbee was presented to Carson George, a Vietnam veteran and a military contractor from Houston who lost his son, Marine LCpl. Phillip George, in Afghanistan.
George's son, Aaron, is a Leander police officer and was the officer who presented Chief Minton with the flag on Peace Officers Memorial Day, a national day to honor fallen law enforcement officers from all across the nation.
Minton, who has had two members of his family killed while serving as peace officers, was clearly moved by the day's presentation. "I have seen firsthand the impact the loss of a fallen officer has made on families," Minton said. "We are determined to let families know the Leander Police Department has not forgotten them."
At the flag presentation ceremony, Carson George said, “We can pay them no more honor than remembering their sacrifice. They leave a legacy, and that legacy only goes as far as our memories.”