MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama State Capitol will be illuminated in blue for the next week in honor of those men and woman around the nation who wear the uniform of law enforcement officers.
"On Sunday, I was troubled and truly heartbroken to hear of yet another act of senseless violence, this time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana," Governor Robert Bentley said Monday. "Alabama joins the rest of the nation in praying for the men and women who sacrifice so much to safeguard us daily. This week we are illuminating the State Capitol blue to show Alabama's support for law enforcement locally and across the country. The contributions and sacrifices made by these men and women are immeasurable, and it is important for us as Alabamians and Americans to honor them."
"Law enforcement is a calling that is answered daily, by people who are willing to face the dangers and perils awaiting them to serve a greater good," Secretary of Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Stan Stabler said. "These brave men and women are committed to service; they are our fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters. They have a sense of commitment and honor to place their lives in jeopardy to protect the lives of others. Over the past few weeks, a series of tragic, heart-breaking events have reminded the nation how difficult and important a law enforcement officer's job is every day. It is my honor to serve side-by-side with law enforcement officers across Alabama and the nation."
Governor Bentley is asking for Alabamians to continue to keep law enforcement officers and their families in their prayers as they continue their commitment to serve and protect our rights as citizens.
The State Capitol will be illuminated blue from Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22.
Alabama has approximately 16,000 municipal, county and state law enforcement officers.