(WTVM) - Wednesday May 15 was Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Columbus Tech followed suit with the rest of the nation by flying its flags at half staff on Wednesday.
Flags were lowered to half staff in front of the Lee County Sheriff's Office, where a crowd gathered to honor those officers who are no longer with us.
"It is a day where we gather to honor those who have made the supreme sacrifice in the service of others," said Sheriff Jay Jones with the Lee County Sheriff's Department.
Lee County Sheriff Buck Jones was shot and killed in 1932. Opelika officer Lieutenant Brenton Truitt was shot and killed in 1970. Sergeant Roger Motley was shot and killed while trying to help a child in 1993, and his sister Betty Foshee never misses a memorial service.
"It hurts, I miss him every day," Foshee said. "I still expect to pick up the phone and he will answer and he doesn't but when they remember him, while it hurts and my mom and sister can't be here because of their age, they see it on TV and in the newspaper, it hurts, but we love it because we know they remember him."
Lee County Deputy James Anderson was run over and killed in 2009. His widow and grown children gathered at the memorial, as fellow deputies wear back bands on their shields.
"As the scripture says, there is no greater love than a man who would lay down his life for a friend, but in the case of law enforcement, they lay down their lives for strangers," said Sheriff Jones.
Last year, 120 officers were killed in the line of duty in the United States. Their names will be added to the memorial in Washington this week.
"Everyone should pray for our officers and be kind to them, because you never know when they put on the uniform, they may not be coming home, like my brother," Foshee said.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Jones is asking the public to show your support of what these men and women do for us every day.
It's as simple as walking up to a police officer, shaking his or her hand and saying "thank you."