DALLAS -- "We in the Honor Guard don't know any other way to show our respect than being members of the Honor Guard and being there to represent our family."
Those words from Dallas Police Department Senior Corporal Lance Crawford were put into action just a month ago. The Police Honor Guard made sure their brothers in blue were given the greatest glory all while weathering the toughest times of their careers.
"You're helpless on the sidelines," Sr. Cpl. Crawford said. "This is the only way we have of giving back."
Now, we in the public are being called to help our keepers of the code.
"We decided it was really important that we send as many of our Honor Guard members to Washington, D.C., when our four officers are put on the Memorial Wall," Sr. Cpl. Crawford said. "It's very expensive."
The Honor Guard is a volunteer unit. They get their regular pay when they're representing on the road, being marked as "On Assignment," but travel, lodging, and food costs are all on them.
So they're requesting additional dollars in one of two ways:
"We're just asking the public's help in sending as many of us as possible," Sr. Cpl. Crawford said.
Regardless of the funds raised, many Honor Guard members will pay out of pocket to make sure our four DPD heroes get hometown support in D.C., then at the state memorial in Austin, and finally in Dallas during next May's National Police Week.
Why don't we lighten their load one more time, though, to thank them for standing strong for those who were lost too soon?