Following the Standing of the Memorial Guard, LEMA will host a Candlelight Service on Sunday May 15th at 7:25 p.m. The public is invited to attend the tribute that includes music by Minnesota Folk Singer Dustin Lee. Special tributes will be paid to Aitkin County Deputy Steven Sandberg who was killed in the line of duty on October 18th, 2015 as well as two officers who were previously missed on our honor roll. Minneapolis Officer Channels (Died 5-27-1906) and DNR Officer Charles Masoner (Died 3-22-41). The ceremony will begin with a parade of law enforcement honor guards who will march to the Capital grounds from Wabasha and Exchange streets in St. Paul. The event concludes with a ceremonial firing party, taps and final musical selections which will include the Minnesota Police Band playing Amazing Grace. Following the event, everyone is invited for refreshments hosted by the Minnesota Police Officers Association to be held across the street at the St. Paul National Guard Armory.
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Sunday, May 15, 2016, as Law Enforcement Memorial Day in Minnesota, as a tribute to Peace Officers who lost their lives or were injured in the line of duty. The Governor has also ordered all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, May 15, 2016, in honor and remembrance of Peace Officers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.
About Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA) of Minnesota
LEMA is dedicated to assisting the families and home agencies of those law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. LEMA board members are police officers, survivors and friends of fallen officers who volunteer their time. All contributions go to supporting the activities of the association.
LEMA is able to provide assistance both at the time of death, as well as into the future. LEMA honors the families and fallen officers during National Law Enforcement Memorial Week.