LEMA History

1962 – President Kennedy declares May 15th National Law Enforcement Memorial Day
1974 – LEMA established
1977 – The first Minnesota monument is erected at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport
1977 – The participation at a Minnesota Officer’s funeral
1977 – The Governor’s memorial dinner and presentation of memorial plaques
1979 – First scholarships are awarded
1983 – First annual Law Enforcement Ecumenical Service is held
1990 – Education Bill for slain officer’s survivors is passed by Minnesota legislature
1991 – The LEMA Honor Guard is established. Made up of officers from departments throughout Minnesota
1995 – The current monument is erected at the Minnesota State Capitol grounds
1996 – First LEMA sponsored Honor Guard Training Camp for officers around the nation
1998 – First Memorial 5K run
1998 – First Trooper Tim Bowe Memorial Golf Tournament
2002 – Grant from United Way to begin programs for emergency needs of survivors
2003 – Improved Survivor Benefits Bill is passed by MN Legislature
2007 – Program initiated between LEMA and the Minnesota Bar Association to provide free legal services to prepare basic estate planning documents for law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMT’s, correctional officers and survivors