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Law Enforcement Memorial

This week we honor the men and women of law enforcement. And now, at the end of the week, we especially remember those who gave their lives in the line of duty. Starting at 8 PM yesterday, officers from many different departments have joined the Law Enforcement Memorial Association to stand guard at the Law Enforcement Memorial by the state Capitol at 6 E. 12th St. Wreath-laying ceremonies honor the fallen — ceremonies that this year included both Maplewood Sgt. Bergeron and North St. Paul Officer Crittenden, who were taken from us in the past year.

Here are photos I took of last night's ceremonies:

The memorial just after sundown. Above the columns, the inscription reads, "Their sacrifice can never be forgotten as they did not die in vain."

Maplewood officers take their turn standing guard. The inscription is Matthew 5:9, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God."

Chief Thomalla places the wreath in honor of Sgt. Bergeron.

Deputy Chief Kvam rings the bell in honor of the fallen.

The wreath to honor Sgt. Bergeron will be laid again at 11:00 AM this morning. The memorial guard continues until 8 PM this evening.

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