CHARLESTOWN — Local police on Wednesday hosted a small ceremony to honor fallen officers nationwide as part of National Peace Officer Memorial Day.

The ceremony, held at the memorial outside the Charlestown Police Department headquarters on Old Post Road, was attended by officers and personnel with the department, as well as town staff and other first responders. The participants paused to "remember the 21,000 peace officers who have died in the line of duty including the 163 who died in 2018," the department said in a press release.

National Peace Officer Memorial Day, observed nationally on May 15 each year, is held in conjunction with National Police Week activities nationwide. The events recognize local, state and federal law enforcement officers.

— Jason Vallee

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