It was a day to pay tribute to exactly 223 fallen California Highway Patrol officers for their service and sacrifice.
Every year in May, hundreds gather at the CHP Academy in west Sacramento for a special memorial for CHP men and women from across the state who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Hundreds listened to the reading of the names of the fallen heroes dating back to 1929. The ceremony allows families and fellow officers to grieve and celebrate the lives of officers who died while on the job.
“We know that life is short, death is certain. But how we live is within our hands. And the officers we honor today have shown us how to live with courage and fidelity to a higher calling,” said Governor Jerry Brown.
This year's service had a special tribute to officer Kenyon Youngstrom. On Sept. 4 of 2012, Youngstrom was working a traffic stop near walnut creek when the driver opened fire. Youngstrom died from those injuries in the hospital on Sept. 5.
“It brings back a lot of hurt but you know everyday is a new day and we are here to celebrate his life and what he did,” said Sgt. Franco Dalao a CHP officer with the Contra Costa Division.
The ceremony included a fly over with 3 CHP choppers. Officer Kenyon Youngstrom leaves behind a wife and 4 children.