Rolling Candlelight Vigil To Be Held For Fallen Officer Nate Lyday
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Ogden City Police Department on Wednesday announced a Thursday evening candlelight vigil and Saturday funeral services for fallen officer Nate Lyday.
Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. at Lindquist Field, 2330 Lincoln Ave., Ogden. It will be followed by a procession to Lindquist’s Memorial Garden’s of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Rd., South Ogden.
The funeral will be for friends, family, public safety personnel, guests and acquaintances only, according to the OCPD.
The public is encouraged to participate in Lyday’s memorial by attending a candlelight vigil planned for Thursday or by lining the route from Lindquist Field to the cemetery.
The rolling vigil will include Lyday’s family, a small procession of OCPD motorcycles and vehicles, and the fallen officer’s police vehicle, which will be memorialized and carried on a flatbed trailer.
His vehicle will remain at Lindquist Field until funeral services.
“Our family is truly humbled by the love and support we are receiving at a time of terrible loss that has happened, not only for us, but the whole community,” according to a statement from Lyday’s family. “Strangers become friends as they show tender kindness towards us. We feel your love wrapped around us carrying us through this tragedy. We see the beautiful flowers and thoughtful gifts left at Nate’s squad car and tears flow freely as we read your notes of love and support.”
“We want to thank the courageous men and women who put on a uniform and walk out the door every day,” the statement continues. “We recognize the sacrifices made by them and their families, who wait for their safe return. They place their lives on the line without hesitation to protect and serve their communities. Nathan and his wife Ashley have given the ultimate sacrifice. He died a HERO and he will never be forgotten!”
Hours ahead of the vigil on Thursday, 22 volunteers helped to place flags flags in his honor at Fresh Market, where Lyday once worked.
“Ever since Nate Lyday was shot, we’ve been posting over 200 flags every single morning and retiring them every night,” said Mark Miller with the organization Follow the Flag.
The candlelight vigil will begin at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Ogden City Police Department, 2186 Lincoln Ave., and ending at Lindquist Field at approximately 10 p.m.:
- Leave north on Lincoln Ave from the Francom Public Safety Building. Travel east on 21st St to Custer Ave. Turn south on Custer Ave. First slowdown 2100 Custer Ave.
- At Custer Ave turn west to Harrison Blvd.
- South on Harrison Blvd to Country Hills Drive.
- At Country Hills Drive turn west. Slow down in front of McKay Dee Hospital
- Follow Country Hills Drive to Washington Blvd where the procession will turn South on Washington Blvd.
- Turn west at 5000 south.
- Turn north at 150 east and proceed around Bonneville High School by turning west at 4900 south and north on 100 east.
- Turn east on 4800 south and proceed past the front of Bonneville High (slow down).
- Turn north on Washington Blvd until 26th St.
- Stop traffic at 25th St and move the procession into the southbound lanes of Washington Blvd. Stop in front of the Municipal Building. Moment of silence.
- Turn west on 25th St and proceed to Lincoln Ave.
- Travel north on Lincoln Ave to Lindquist Field.
The procession on Saturday will leave Lindquist Field after the funeral and travel to the cemetery:
- Leave Lindquist Field, 2300 Lincoln Ave., and proceed south on Lincoln Ave. to 25th St.
- Turn left (east) on to 25th St. and continue to Harrison Blvd.
- Turn right (south) on Harrison Blvd.
- Turn left onto 5600 South from Harrison Blvd.
- Continue straight onto Combe Rd., then turn left into the cemetery.
The United States Honor Flag will also be participating in the funeral procession.
“Globally, hatred and unrest ring out ever so loudly,” Lyday’s family said in their statement. “Let us all replace those feelings with forgiveness and love. May we all find peace. Let us unite together to make this world a better place. Let love replace hatred.”