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Canfield vigil to honor officers who died after protecting U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6

Shown here in this March 2020 file photo is the exterior of the Francis J. McLaughlin Municipal Building, 104 Lisbon St., Canfield.
Shown here in this March 2020 file photo is the exterior of the Francis J. McLaughlin Municipal Building, 104 Lisbon St., Canfield.

A memorial service for police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol during a deadly riot on Jan. 6, 2021, is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Canfield.

The candlelight vigil, coordinated by area citizens and the Mahoning Valley Daily Podcast, is expected to assemble behind the Canfield Library, 43 W. Main St. The group then plans to make a short procession to the Village Green’s gazebo.

Five Washington, D.C., police officers who responded to the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot have died; one of whom died from natural causes of which the riot was a contributing factor, a medical examiner determined; two who died by suicide in the days after the riot; and two others who also died by suicide the following July.

“Words commemorating the bravery of these officers will be read, with an invocation by Pastor Ivy Smith of Canfield United Methodist Church, and finally with the playing of ‘Taps’ on the Green,” reads the release. “This is not just an event for the citizens of Canfield, everyone interested from the area is welcome to attend.”

Parking is available in the city hall and police department parking lot at 104 Lisbon St. Masks are optional for attendees who have received COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots, organizers said. They discourage attendance by anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days or who is currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

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