Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association






Standing of the Guard


The Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA) announces the annual Standing of the Memorial Guard.  It will commence on Sunday May 14, 2017 at 1900 hours when officers from all over Minnesota travel to St. Paul to the State Police Memorial where they stand in silent vigil for 30 minutes shifts. This is to keep alive the memories of the 278 fallen law enforcement officer in Minnesota who have lost their lives while protecting their communities. This vigil will continue throughout the night and until the following day when the officer will complete the standing guard at 7:00pm.


Police Memorial Day Observances


This is a day we honor law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty in Minnesota and nationwide.  Following the Standing of the Memorial Guard on May 15th, the Law Enforcement Memorial Association will host a Candlelight Service starting at 7:30PM which will be held at the Peace Officers Memorial at the base of the Minnesota State Capitol Mall.  Officers, their families and the general public are invited to attend this moving celebration where tribute is paid to all 278 officers through a combination of police bagpipe music, and musical selections. The musical group this year is this internationally acclaimed Gospel/Bluegrass band “Monroe Crossing”. This year’s guest speaker is Pastor Dawn Houser from Aitkin-reflecting on the loss of Deputy Steven Sandberg. Special tributes will be paid to Hayfield Chief Douglas Claassen EOW 3-13-99, and the family of DNR Game Warden Marcus Whipps EOW 7-12-40. The ceremony will be begin at 7:25pm on Monday with a parade of law enforcement honor guards who will march to the Capital grounds from Wabasha and Exchange. The event concludes with a ceremonial firing party, taps and final musical selections which will include the Minnesota Police Band playing Amazing Grace. A reception will be hosted by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association following the service at the St. Paul National Guard Armory located at 600 Cedar Street.

Please contact LEMA President Jeff Beahen at jbeahen@rogersmn.us or 762-228-4930 for further details.

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We have made it to the 3rd round but have a tough competitor this round. 

We need your help to score more points so LEMA can move onto the next round and get that much closer to scoring an extra $10,000!

Check out the bracket and help us score points. #BFG17

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Donations must be processed before the clock gets to zero. Processing time is dependent on the type of card used, rules between the donor and the credit card issuer, current donation volume, and the step you are on in the donation process. Please allow yourself adequate time to submit and process any last minute donations.

As much as we all love friendly competition, please keep in mind that this is all for charity.

The 2017 Brackets For Good Tournament is in its 2nd year and LEMA is again competing against 64 other charities in Minnesota to raise awareness and funds to help sustain the vital work we do. Brackets For Good is modeled after the NCAA Tournament and charities score points (dollars) in up to six different rounds with a goal of being the overall champion, which receives an additional $10,000 in addition to what has been raised. Last year, LEMA came in 2nd place overall, losing to one of our newest program partners, SpareKey.

Again this year, the LEMA Board of Directors has decided that all donations made to LEMA through the Brackets For Good Tournament will count towards individual LEMA memberships (including incentives). So, if you are again interested in annual membership to MN LEMA, please keep checking in on the Brackets Tournament and make your pledge when you see us needing a boost.
Go to https://twincities.bfg.org/bracket to do your part to get us to the Championship and keep checking to watch our progress!!!

Forest Lake, Minn. – This past Friday night, the Lakers hosted the Dells Ducks, which resulted in a late third period let down and tough loss on the ice.

However, off the ice, Laker boosters were extremely successful in hosting their first Law Enforcement Appreciation night.

“We had an outstanding fan turnout and tremendous support. The boys played their hearts out and we are always proud of our team,” said Nirvana Wallace, event organizer.

“We would like to thank those who generously donated to our silent auction. We raised over $1000 for the Law Enforcement Memorial Association,” said Wallace.

Laker fans and supporters of the Forest Lake Police Department filled the stands, which made for a season high in single game attendance.

“The energy building was incredible,” said Chris Walby, Laker Head Coach and GM. “We fed off that energy. We certainly appreciate what our police officers do so much for us on a daily basis and we knew a lot of people put such effort and work into this night. We wanted to win this one bad for them,” said Walby.

Also in attendance, 10 local law officers were honored before the game. A ceremonial puck drop and a flag were given to the officers.

Representing the Forest Lake Police Department was Sergeant Jake Ayers, Sergeant Mark Richert, Detective Nancy Carlson, Officer Pat Ferguson, Officer Trevor Johnson, Officer Sean Lafferty, Officer Troy Meyer, Officer Megan Olstad, Officer Nathan Olstad, Officer Maryrose Warke.

“For all their many sacrifices, as a team and community, they have our unwavering support. A heartfelt thank you to our local the officers at Forest Lake Police Department,” said Wallace.

The sound…of silence

For the first time ever under Coach Lisa Roth, the Aitkin All Starz dance team is dedicating a routine. This year’s Jazz squad is honoring law enforcement, and remembering the late Steven Sandberg


The Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association would like to thank Uni-Systems Engineering, Inc for the very generous donation. 


Your support is how we are able to continue to serve the law enforcement officers who make the ultimate sacrifice as we do. 

Thank you


The Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association would like to thank Mcgregor Fire Department Relief Association for the very generous donation.

Your support is how we are able to continue to serve the law enforcement officers who make the ultimate sacrifice as we do.

Thank you


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Honoring Law Enforcment Who Have Given The Ultimate Sacrifice. 

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