Guadalupe County Peace Officer Memorial

Seguin High School assistant band director Collin Berry plays "TAPS" after the unveiling of a monument honoring fallen peace officers the Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony hosted by the Guadalpe County Sheriff on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Superheroes and their movies dominate pop culture, setting box-office records and convincing people everywhere to spend billions in entertainment dollars.

In the comics and on the big screen, heroes usually win. Generally speaking, they get the girl and get to live happily ever after, receiving praise and accolades along the way.

If only life more closely imitated art. But that’s not the case and, in the real world, heroes fall. They get struck down by “bad guys” and their families never get the chance to see them smile again.

Real-life heroes generally get condolences passed to their families in social media posts and then society moves on.

Guadalupe County took the chance to change things. Officials on Wednesday unveiled the Guadalupe County Law Enforcement Memorial outside the county courthouse in Seguin.

The monument memorializes six law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in Guadalupe County. The list can be expanded, but all involved hope no more heroes’ names ever are called to be added to it.

The monument honors fallen officers and gives everyone who travels through Seguin the chance to pay their respects. The hope is, even though the brave men in uniform have been taken away, that they will never be forgotten.

We encourage everyone to celebrate and cheer on the real life heroes who run toward danger to protect us all. And we suggest that residents continue to honor the ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. These are the real heroes, and no, they don’t wear capes.

Our Voice is the opinion of the editorial board of the Seguin Gazette.

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