OLYMPIA — On Tuesday morning, June 8, Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste were scheduled to unveil a new permanent memorial to those who have died in the line of duty during the patrol’s first 100 years of service.
The event was due to be held on the ground floor of the WSP headquarters (Helen Sommers Building) at the corner of 11th and Capitol Way in Olympia. It was to have full ceremonial flourish with an honor guard and bagpipes.
The timing coincides with the 100th anniversary of WSP’s formation on June 8, 1921.
“The events, both locally and nationally, during our 100th year of service have certainly brought attention to the role and challenges facing modern law enforcement. They can seem daunting, but one of the core values still present in our culture is an abiding respect and appreciation for these who serve in dangerous duty and offer their lives in service to others,” wrote WSP spokesperson Chris Loftis.