To The Daily Sun,
On September 13 my husband and I had the privilege of attending 161st Police Academy's graduation in Concord at the Training Academy.
One of the honors at every graduating class is bestowed upon a class member who has served in the military before attending and graduating from the Academy. This candidate must show outstanding character and leadership during their training at the Academy and is chosen for a special award; the Charron-Legion Award.
Jeremy Charron was a Marine who went on to become an Epsom police officer. He was killed in the line duty while serving his community. He was a hero, as are all of our men and women who serve and protect.
This graduation was special to me. As Concord's American Legion Post 122 presented the Charron-Legion award, alongside the parents of Jeremy Charron, it was my privilege to take the photos of the recipient, Nashua Police Officer Julia Banks. Officer Banks is a Marine veteran who served her country with honor and now continues to serve our state. It was a proud moment for me to see the first female officer receive this award.
I want to say thank you to all of our veterans, no matter what age, no matter where they served, whether man or woman. We have the bravest military in the world! Thank you Officer Banks and to the entire 161st graduating class of the New Hampshire Police Academy. You make us proud every day. Stay safe and God speed.
Gilmanton Iron Works