It began with a somber march, a long reflective walk from Campus Martius down Monroe through Greektown, all the way to the old St. Mary's church.
"This is a significant time. Certainly, it's no secret that law enforcement across the country is under a lot of criticism, and certainly this is an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those heroes in making our city a safer city. Recognition - and that's really what it's all about," says Detroit Police Chief James Craig.
After a sermon and a selection from the choir, officers lit candles and raised them in the air once for every fallen Detroit officer, including Officer Anna Hamilton, a victim of domestic violence in 2014, and Office Patrick Hill who, in April 2013, became the most recent Detroit officer to die in the line of duty.
"This is a high-risk occupation and our officers are faced with danger not occasionally, but every single day. So, this is really a reminder to all who wear the uniform that we are keeping our city safer and that the community appreciates what they do each and every day," says Craig.
Craig also shared memories about his close friend who died in the line of duty 17 years ago.