BISMARCK, ND – The state’s fallen law enforcement officers will be remembered tomorrow, May 13, 2014. The North Dakota Peace Officer Memorial service will be held in Bismarck on the capitol grounds beginning at 8:00 pm. It is open to the public. This is the first time the annual memorial service has been held in the evening.
“North Dakota’s law enforcement officers protect and serve the communities without regard for their own safety,” said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who will be speaking at the memorial service. “Sixty-one North Dakota law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice and they will be remembered.”
Stenehjem encourages area residents to attend the service, which will be held at the Peace Officer Memorial wall, east of the judicial wing on the state capitol grounds.
Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley and Chief Justice Gerald Vandewalle also will be speaking at the memorial service. Chaplain Daniel Sweeney of the Bismarck Law Enforcement Chaplaincy will read the roll call, after which there will be a rifle volley in tribute to the fallen officers. Cory Schlinger of ND Parole & Probation is the master of ceremonies, Captain Mickey Harmon of the Cass County Sheriff’s Department will play the bagpipes and Robert Gordon from the ND Information Technology Department will play Taps.
The North Dakota Peace Officer Memorial Service is held during National Police Week (May 11-17, 2014), honoring the nation’s law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Tomorrow evening in Washington DC there will be a Candlelight Vigil for, and roll call of, the nation’s law enforcement officers killed in the past year.