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North Dakota Peace Officer Memorial Service May 16, 2018
“Thin Blue Line” to be displayed on Capitol building
BISMARCK, ND – This week is National Police Week and North Dakota’s fallen law enforcement officers will be remembered and honored during public events at the state capitol and in local communities across the state. Sixty-four North Dakota peace officers have died in the line of duty since 1882, when the first line of duty death was recorded in what was then Dakota Territory.
After dusk tomorrow evening, the State Capitol building windows on two floors will be lit to display a ‘Thin Blue Line,’ in a show of support and respect for all law enforcement, past and present.
“The ‘Thin Blue Line’ symbolizes the line of law enforcement that stands between chaos and order, steadfast in the face of danger to ensure that we stay safe. As we remember the fallen, we will also have the opportunity to say thank you to those who continue to protect and serve,” said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
On Wednesday May 16, 2018, the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held on the Capitol grounds, beginning at 1:30 pm. Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle, Governor Doug Burgum, and Attorney General Stenehjem will speak at the Memorial service. Darin Ferderer of ND Parole & Probation will serve as the Master of Ceremonies, and Captain Mickey Harmon of the Cass County Sheriff’s Department will play the bagpipes. Chaplains from the Crisis Care Chaplaincy will officiate and read the Roll Call of fallen officers. The Crisis Care Chaplaincy is a volunteer organization providing faith-based crisis counseling in concert with emergency service agencies in the Bismarck area.
On Wednesday night after the Memorial Service, the Capitol building’s Thin Blue Line light display will shine for a second night in honor of the state’s fallen officers.
The public is invited to attend the Memorial service.
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