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Visiting the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for the First Time - Video Link
Robert Blan had a boyhood dream of becoming a police officer. That dream came true at the age of 21, when he became an Oakland (CA) Police Officer.
On May 23, 1973, Officer Blan was shot and killed during a traffic stop. He was 24 years old and left behind a wife and two young children.
His name was proudly inscribed on the marble walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial when it was first dedicated in 1991 and was solemnly read with the original 12,560 names of fallen law enforcement heroes.
Unfortunately, his wife and children were not there to hear it. His daughter, Michelle, visited the Memorial for the first time in 2010 and had a life changing experience. She made it her goal to bring her mother with her to the Memorial in 2011.
And that goal was accomplished. Not only did Nancy and Michelle Blan attend National Police Week last year — they graciously decided to share their inspiring experience with others, in hopes that they would find solace and comfort knowing they are not alone and that their loved ones will always be honored and never forgotten.
- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 1/13/12)
Click on image: Nancy & Michelle Blan share their personal experiences at National Police Week 2011.