NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - Law enforcement motorcycles from across North Carolina stood outside the New Bern Police Department Friday afternoon. All of the officers stood on their motorcycles in unison as they left together to Thalmann's funeral Friday.
PREVIOUS: After several vigils and memorial services hosted through the week in Eastern North Carolina, New Bern Police Officer, Alexander Thalmann will be laid to rest on Friday.
Officer Thalmann's family will receive friends at a wake at Hillside Funeral Home in the town of Washington Thursday. Friends are asked to visit from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The late officer's funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in New Bern at the Temple Baptist Church.
1st Sergeant Kevin Rock with the Highway Patrol said it will be a procession like the city has never seen.
"Anytime you have a funeral for a slain law enforcement officer, it's a very large event," he said. "There's going to be a lot of law enforcement, people coming from all parts of the country to the funeral."
Rock said after the service Thalmann's casket will be put into a caisson unit and pulled by four horses.
"The casket of course is carried on the caisson and with a flag draped. It's a very impressive and solemn event that is very respectful," he explained.
Gary McClelland is the caisson team leader for the North Carolina Highway Patrol's Caisson Unit. The NCTA/NCSHP Caisson Unit is a partnership between the North Carolina Trooper's Association and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
McClelland said it's the only state highway patrol run caisson unit in the nation.
"It's a lot of work that goes into it, but to be able to that for the family, and for the department to want to use the caisson is very honorable," McClelland said.
McClelland said the horses traveled almost 300 miles across North Carolina Thursday to make it for the funeral Friday.
Even workers like Kathy Logan at Greenleaf Park Florists said they are working around the clock to make sure everything is perfect for the funeral.
"It's very important to make everything feel special take the worries off of them, she said." "It's just a great honor to do something like this for someone who serves their city, their government and their country basically."
An additional service was held at the New Bern Police Department earlier in the day Wednesday. Both the city's mayor, Dana Outlaw and police chief, Toussaint Summers spoke and presented the late officers memorial site with a wreath.