Vigils taking place across East Texas for fallen Dallas officers

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Multiple vigils have been scheduled across East Texas to remember the officers killed in Dallas Thursday.

The Smith County Sheriff's Office held a prayer vigil at noon Friday to remember the officers killed in Dallas. About 30 people, including police officers and members of the community, came together to pray. Officers say this tragedy hit very close to home.

"We're all family. We all bleed blue, and it affects all of us. We want to pay respect to what's happened. We don't understand it. We don't approve of it. But we want to give that respect to those officers, and what they've been through, and what their families have been through," Paul Black with the Smith County Sheriff's Office said.

"Everybody's concerned, and we just want to do what we can to show our respect," he added.

The Dallas mayor and police chief also called for moments of silence Friday at noon.

In Lufkin, dozens gathered downtown to pray together and stress unity throughout the country.

"It's important to us that we try to promote unity and peace as much as possible because we need it so, so desperately in this country right now," Lufkin Police Chief Gerald Williamson said.
And these vigils weren't the only signs of remembrance seen in East Texas.

Flags across the country were lowered to half-staff in response to the tragedy.

In downtown Tyler, five white roses were placed at the base of the Smith County peace officer's memorial in honor of the five officers that lost their lives.

Other vigils have been announced to pray for the families of the officers killed during the protest.

Vigils across East Texas:

Morris County:  Friday, June 15 at the Morris Co. Sheriff's Annex - "We the People,Support Our Police Officers" - 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Donations of water, Gatorade, or money will be accepted and split evenly among Morris County law enforcement agencies. Free meal for members of law enforcement from 10am-4pm.

Upshur County: Tuesday, July 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Upshur Co. Courthouse. Vigil for fallen officers.

Wood County:  Prayer vigil on Thursday, July 14 at 10 a.m. at Wood County Sheriff's Department.

Tyler: Smith County law enforcements will take a moment of prayer at 12 p.m. Monday, July 11 in Downtown Tyler on the square.

The City of Tyler is also planning a vigil to promote community unity. Led by Mayor Martin Heines, the event will be from 8 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Thursday at the T.B. Bulter Fountain Square in Downtown Tyler. The city says the event will encourage unity among East Texans. The vigil is open to the public.

Anderson County: The law enforcement community of Anderson County will be holding a memorial prayer service at 12 p.m. on Monday on the lawn of Palestine City Hall.

Mount Pleasant: Mount Pleasant Ministers Union, the NAACP and the Mount Pleasant Police Department will hold a prayer vigil at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bell Tower.

Nacogodoches: The chaplain of Stephen F. Austin State University's Catholic Campus Ministry will be holding a special rosary Sunday at 5:45 p.m. in front of the organization's chapel to pray for the victims and their families and to pray for healing for Dallas and America.

Van Zandt County: Prayer Vigil will take place at the Van Zandt County Courthouse in Canton at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8.

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