Police choppers flying the Missing Man formation right over our apartment on Friday. Once they got to the funeral site, two peeled off. (the building above is the one you saw on Saturday's post during the rain.)
The Tampa Police department had to help with the instruction for the St. Pete funeral details because no one on the force knew how to do things, it had been that long since an officer fell in the line of duty.
With the folding of the flag, which was presented to the wives, no red will be visible, which symbolizes the blood of battle.
One of the officers was in charge of Ace, a German Shepherd, part of the canine unit. Ace will now be retired from active duty and placed in the service of the officer's family, his wife and three children.
Upon the caskets being placed in the hearses, a final salute from the honor guard, and just before the release of doves, a final call from the station house, requesting the officers to "stand down...forever, job well done."