Law Enforcers Honored Today for Peace Officers Memorial Day

Wreath at Law Enforcement Memorial May 15, 2013


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day, and as happens each year in Pierre, the day has been noted with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Law Enforcement Memorial along Capitol Lake and a memorial service at a local church.

Earlier this morning, a wreath was placed before a monument that lists the names of law officers who have died in the line of duty over the years.  Those that gathered also heard comments by Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead and an invocation from Pierre Police Chaplain Mike Bishop.   Law enforcers from several different agencies, from local police departments to the U.S. Marshal’s Service were present at the short ceremony near the capitol.  One official, South Dakota’s U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson said it’s important to always remember those officers who served with honor; along with the sacrifices made by current law enforcers and their families.

Hughes County Sheriff Mike Leidholt says that the day brings appreciation for both current and former law officers.

A motorcade traveled between the Mickelson Criminal Justice Center to the Madison Avenue Church of Christ and a memorial service was to start at 10:30 a.m. this morning at the church.

This week, May 12 to May 18 has been proclaimed as Peace Officer Memorial Week by President Barack Obama.

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