DENVER (CBS4) – The annual Denver Police Department Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony took place in front of DPD headquarters on Thursday morning.

The ceremony gives a chance for officers to recognize fallen comrades.

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“Sometimes the right words to say ‘Thank you’ can be hard to find and even harder to express. For the courage and commitment, the honor and integrity for all those who served proudly before us and gave the greatest sacrifice, we honor you by continuing to speak of the importance your service meant to our communities and the meaning your lives continue to give us all,” said one officer during the ceremony.

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The last Denver police officer to die in the line of duty was Officer Celena Hollis in 2012. A total of 71 other officers were also killed in the line of duty in Denver.

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All of those 72 names were read in Thursday morning’s ceremony, which included an appearance by a bald eagle.

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