(St. Paul, MN) In honor of National Police Week, the Minnesota Senate passed a resolution on Thursday commemorating Peace Officers Memorial Day. This year, National Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed on Saturday, May 15, and recognizes the service and sacrifice of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers.
“Today, we honor the many brave Minnesota peace officers who have died and made sacrifices in the line of duty serving our nation and this state,” Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen (R-Alexandria) said. “As a retired sheriff and partner to a slain officer, I have seen firsthand the sacrifices these heroes have made to protect our communities. For actively serving officers, veterans of the force, and the 293 fallen law enforcement officers who have lost their lives while protecting our neighborhoods across Minnesota, your courage and selflessness will always be remembered. I stand today with my fellow legislators and the people of Minnesota to thank you for all your service.”
Peace Officers Memorial Day is held annually in the United States to honor federal, state, and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund[RA1], in 2020, 295 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty. So far, in 2021, 101 law enforcement officers have made the same sacrifice across the nation[RA2]. Law enforcement officers across the country have stepped up during a turbulent year, facing COVID-19 and rising crime rates, and they deserve our respect and support.
“Every day police officers across Minnesota are answering the call of service to protect their fellow citizens and pursue justice on behalf of victims. They put their lives at risk to make Minnesota a safer place for all of us to call home,” Gazelka said. “We are truly blessed with peace and safety because of the service they provide every day across the state. They have our complete appreciation and support as legislators, leaders, and community members.”
Each year, the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association typically has a 24-hour standing vigil at the Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol grounds. However, because of COVID restrictions, this year’s event will be conducted virtually. The tribute will include reading the names of the 293 fallen Minnesota officers.
Those wishing to view the memorial service on Saturday at 7:00 PM should go to:https://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaLawEnforcementMemorialAssociationlema