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Police organizations from around the Northeast have gathered in Rhode Island for an annual tribute to officers killed in the line of duty last year.

The Providence Journal reports that thousands of people gathered along the route of the annual Aquidneck Island National Police Parade on Sunday.

The marchers went from West Main Road in Middletown to Washington Square in Newport. The gathering also honored the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Fraternal Order of Police by two Pittsburgh patrol officers.

Newport police Lt. Lt. Frank C. Rosa Jr., vice president of the parade committee, 127 police officers in 2014 died of injuries sustained while on duty.

Rosa said "It's important that we don't forget the service and the ultimate sacrifice that these officers gave in the line of duty for community service."




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