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When Collier family arrived at Briggs Field at MIT campus today, thousands stood in a sign of respect.

— News (@BostonDotCom) April 24, 2013

Thousands gathered at MIT’s Briggs Field in Cambridge, Mass., to honor and remember Sean A. Collier, the 27-year-old MIT police officer whose life was cut short during a shootout with the Boston bombing suspects.  The MIT memorial service for the fallen officer took place at noon on Wednesday.

In a moving tribute, memorial attendees were given “Collier Strong” tags to wear.

Collier Strong: Pins being handed out at the memorial service for fallen MIT Police officer Sean Collier. #wbz…

— Sera Congi (@seracongi) April 24, 2013


— Dover PD (@dovermapd) April 24, 2013

Everyone in the crowd is wearing a ‘Collier Strong’ tag on their chest.

— Brian Ballou (@GlobeBallou) April 24, 2013

Sign at the front of stage at #MIT. #CollierStrong #wbz…

— Paula Ebben (@PaulaEbbenWBZ) April 24, 2013

Earlier this week, there was a powerful sea of blue as officers lined the streets and escorted Collier’s body to the funeral home. At the Wednesday MIT service, there was another sea of blue as thousands of officers from around the nation and beyond traveled to Massachusetts to honor Collier.

PHOTO: Mass. law enforcement honor fallen MIT Police Officer Sean… – @joegiza

— Channel 1 Atlanta (@channel1atlanta) April 24, 2013

PHOTO: Hundreds of police officers attend memorial service for MIT police officer Sean Collier…

— NBC Nightly News (@nbcnightlynews) April 24, 2013

Line of officers at Briggs Field @mitnews…

— MIT events (@MITevents) April 24, 2013

Another shot of the sea of police at ceremony for fallen Police Officer Sean Collier #bostonstrong…

— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) April 24, 2013

Saw a group of officers from the NYPD. An MIT spox said law enforcement came from as far as Ireland

— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) April 24, 2013

Thousands of officers from across the country walking towards Officer Collier’s memorial. #wcvb…

— Emily Riemer (@EmilyWCVB) April 24, 2013


— Dover Police Assc (@DoverPoliceAssc) April 24, 2013

Canadian Mounties coming in right now. Have already seen Montreal, Connecticut State, LA School, NJ & Chicago police…

— Nancy Chen (@NancyChenNews) April 24, 2013

Chicago Police represent at #MIT #CollierStrong…

— MIThomepage (@mithomepage) April 24, 2013

20 Burlington Police Officers are headed to Officer Sean Collier’s memorial service today to pay their respects.

— Burlington Police (@burlingtonpd) April 24, 2013

Enormous flag procession at MIT for fallen Police Officer Sean Collier #WBZ…

— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) April 24, 2013

About 15k people attend Collier memorial. #collierstrong#collier#mit…

— Sarah Birnbaum (@sbirn) April 24, 2013

The memorial for fallen MIT officer Sean Collier begins at MIT, as fife and drum play.…

— Jess Bidgood (@jessbidgood) April 24, 2013

Seems every police department within a few hundred miles represented at Collier memorial…

— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) April 24, 2013


— Wellesley Police(@WellesleyPolice) April 24, 2013

Chicago and New York Police among those arriving for Officer Collier’s memorial service:…

— Nancy Chen (@NancyChenNews) April 24, 2013

Just saw some Canadian Mounties among the officers coming in for Officer Collier’s memorial:…

— Nancy Chen (@NancyChenNews) April 24, 2013

Others watched as the memorial procession passed by prior to the service.

Crowd gathers on Mass Ave by #MIT for memorial procession for Officer #Collier…

— Peter Schworm (@globepete) April 24, 2013

Funeral procession for MIT police officer Sean Collier just drove by…

— Jeff Emanuel (@jeffemanuel) April 24, 2013

Procession for Officer Collier#bostonstrong

— DJ Capobianco (@djcap) April 24, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke at the service and singer James Taylor performed.

James Taylor “The Water Is Wide” – at memorial for slain MIT officer Sean Collier. Stream:

— Tony Thomas (@TonyThomas) April 24, 2013

Wow James Taylor and MIT a cappella group singing “Shower The People” at Officer Sean Collier’s funeral. #bostonstrong

— Ali Ehrlich(@ehrlichABC) April 24, 2013

Collier’s brother, Rob Rogers, eulogized the fallen officer.

Brother of Officer Sean Collier: “He taught us…a smile to a stranger, a simple hello, an outreached hand can truly help each other”

— Tim Caputo (@Tim_Caputo) April 24, 2013

Sean Collier’s Brother Rob Rogers: He was born to be a police officer and he lived out his dreams. #CollierStrong

— BostInno (@BostInno) April 24, 2013

At memorial for MIT officer killed by Boston bombing suspects, brother says Ofc. Sean Collier loved country music, especially @zacbrownband

— MaryAnn Martinez (@maryannreports) April 24, 2013

Rob Rogers said his brother Sean Collier “would have loved this” memorial service w “sirens, flashing lights, saluting, bag pipes.” #Boston

— Nicole Fuller (@nicolefuller) April 24, 2013

“Tell your parents that you love them. For no other reason than you do.” Collier’s brother.

— Kimberley Ring (@RingPRgirl) April 24, 2013

Fallen Police Officer Sean Collier’s brother Rob Rogers after speaking at his memorial ceremony #bostonstrong…

— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) April 24, 2013

VIDEO: Pipers close the…

— MIT events (@MITevents) April 24, 2013

In another touching tribute, Officer Collier has been made an honorary member of the MIT Alumni Association.

MIT president says in a unanimous vote, Officer Collier was named an honorary alumnus. “He truly was one of us.”

— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) April 24, 2013

President Reif: Yesterday, Sean Collier became an honorary member of the MIT Alumni Association.

— MIT (@MITnews) April 24, 2013

RIP Officer Collier.

Please take the time to remember fallen officer collier as we honor him with a celebration……

— Boston EMS (@BEMSRA) April 24, 2013

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