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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Alameda County One Hundred Club ~ Post #1

This monument stands in Hayward's Lone Tree Cemetery. It was erected in 2008 and holds memory to the county's fallen heroes. You can find the memorial in the newer section of the cemetery towards the back.
The center panel boasts the logo for the 100 club and says:

Alameda County 100 Club
Founded in 1974 by Martin C. Kauffman
This Memorial Is Dedicated To The
Families Of Peace Officers
And Firefighters Who
Gave Their Lives Protecting The
Citizens Of Alameda County

Below this is the California and United States Flags along
with the police officer and firefighter logos.
On the left is this beautiful poem written by George Hahn, a retired Sargent
from the LA Police Department:

I never dreamed it would be me,
My name for all eternity,
Recorded here at this hallowed place,
Alas, my name, no more face.

"In the line of duty" I hear them say;
My family now the price will pay,
My folded flag stained with their tears;
We only had those few short years.

The badge no longer on my chest,
I sleep now in eternal rest;
My sword I pass to those behind,
And pray they keep this thought in mind;

I never dreamed it would be me,
And with heavy heart and bended knee;
I ask for all here from the past,
Dear God let my name be the last.

The right panel lists the fallen officers and firefighters starting in 1973.
I will share each of these names with you in my following post.

Across the bottom of the memorial states:

Honoring and remembering all peace officers and firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

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