State Police Participate in the 8th Annual Missing Children's Day Ceremony
On Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at 11:00 a.m., the Molly Bish Foundation hosted the 8th Annual Missing Children's Day Ceremony in the Nurses Hall at the State House in Boston. This ceremony honors the memory of missing and murdered children and demonstrates support for missing and abducted children who have been safely returned to their families. The ceremony included testimonials from parents of missing and murdered children as well as speeches from members of law enforcement and the legislature.
Senator Stephen Brewer gave the opening remarks and read a proclamation from Governor Deval Patrick that proclaimed May 2008 to be Massachusetts Missing Children Month. The proclamation further urged all the citizens of the Commonwealth to "take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance." Other speakers who offered their support to the families of missing and murdered children included: Attorney General Martha Coakley, Senate President Therese Murray, Representative Anne Gobi, Representative Todd Smola, and Representative Karyn Polito.
During the ceremony, awards were presented to individuals, organizations and businesses that have contributed significantly to protecting the children of the Commonwealth and advancing issues regarding missing and abducted children. Among the award recipients was Trooper Keith Pantazelos of the State Police K-9 Unit East. Trooper Pantazelos was presented with an award from Representative John Rogers for his work on a missing child case in January of 2003 that resulted in the safe recovery of the child in New Hampshire after an intensive three week investigation. Additionally, the State Police Pipe and Drum Unit and the State Police Drill and Ceremonial Unit both received awards for their continued support of the Massachusetts Missing Children's Day Ceremony.
2008 Winning Poster - By Stephanie Ward of Marlborough