Three years ago, the community of Lakewood experienced one of its darkest days.
It lost four of the people who swore to protect it:
They were gunned down at a Forza just outside of town, a coffee shop that has since changed ownership and its name to which pays tribute to them and other law enforcement who've lost their lives.
The community continues to heal, but it will never forget the people who died Nov. 29, 2009.
On Thursday, to commemorate the three-year anniversary of the shootings, officials, elected leaders and residents will gather in front of the Lakewood Police Department to remember.
Governor-Elect Jay Inslee will be the keynote speaker. Mayor Doug Richardson, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and others will join in the commemoration. The ceremony begins at 8 a.m.
After that, Lakewood Police will kick off its 3rd Annual Fallen Oficers Food Drive.
Below is the full press release from the City of Lakewood:
Lakewood Police will kick off the 3rd annual food drive in memory of Fallen Officers on November 29th with Governor-Elect Jay Inslee as keynote speaker.
Lakewood, WA. November 27, 2012:
The Lakewood Police Department will be kicking off the 3rd Annual Fallen Officers Food Drive on November 29th, 2012. An opening ceremony will be held at the Lakewood Police Station located at 9401 Lakewood Drive Southwest.
Lakewood City Mayor Doug Richardson will open the event at 8:00 AM and will be joined by Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, Governor-Elect Jay Inslee, and First Gentleman Mike Gregoire. Chief Farrar will have closing remarks.
The food drive will begin at the Lakewood Police Station following the ceremony. Volunteers, JBLM soldiers and police employees will be on hand to accept food or cash donations. The Seattle Police Pipe and Drum band will also be performing at the event.