"Remembrance is a form of encounter": Central commemoration ceremony for the police officers of the Rhineland-Palatinate police who died on duty at the Police College

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Büchenbeuren (ots) - Under the motto "Remembrance is a form of encounter", the central memorial for the police officers of the Rhineland-Palatinate police who died on duty was handed over by Interior Minister Roger Lewentz on November 02nd, 2018.

The police now hosted the central nationwide commemoration at the new memorial for the first time on Tuesday, November 05.11.2019, XNUMX. Numerous relatives, survivors and colleagues of the police officers who were killed, but also representatives of the police authorities, the state parliament as well as from the judiciary, politics and society attended the ceremony in the conference center of the university and thus showed appreciation and respect.

“We are very pleased that our invitation received such a great response from relatives and colleagues. The contact with you is important to us and the many conversations on the phone or your emails and letters show us that you are grateful for this memorial of the Rhineland-Palatinate police and for this central day of remembrance. ”- says the director of the university, Friedel Durben , in his greeting.

According to the head of the agency, candles or grave lights are often found on the stele as an indication that this place is being accepted. He added that over the past few months you could meet students in conversation, entire study groups in courses or even people who paused at the memorial.

In his speech, the inspector of the Rhineland-Palatinate Police, Jürgen Schmitt, emphasized his gratitude that no new name had been added last year. It is safe to assume that this will never happen again - but at least in the past few months the police and all relatives have been spared the suffering of another loss - the gratitude for this is part of the respectful remembrance in the central commemoration.

The ceremony was co-designed by police pastor Hubertus Kesselheim and the brass ensemble of the state police orchestra.

Kesselheim reflected on the biblical thought: “Everything has its time, and that in this ceremony there is again the time of meeting from memory.” He emphasized that death is always also a relationship event, that the biographies of people and families are like that often existentially changed. It is important that the police show a deep appreciation for them and their relatives in the annual commemoration of the officers who died on duty.

After a prayer at the main stele, students of the university laid a wreath with the inspector of the police, Jürgen Schmitt, the director of the university, Friedel Durben, and the chairman of the main staff council for the police, Sabrina Kunz, in memory of the killed colleagues. The ceremony ended with talks and meetings in the conference center.

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