North Dakota’s 64 fallen law enforcement officers will be remembered and honored during public events at the state Capitol and in local communities across the state.
Beginning after dusk this evening, the State Capitol building windows on two floors will be lit to display a "Thin Blue Line" in a show of support and respect for all law enforcement, past and present.
At 1 p.m. Wednesday, the state’s annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held on the Capitol grounds in Bismarck. Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle, Lt. Governor Brent Sanford and Attorney General Stenehjem will speak at the memorial service. North Dakota Highway Patrol Sgt. Luke Hendrickson, president of the North Dakota Peace Officers Association, will serve as the master of ceremonies and Cpt. Mickey Harmon, of the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, will play the bagpipes. Chaplains from the Crisis Care Chaplaincy will officiate and read the roll call of fallen officers. The Crisis Care Chaplaincy is a volunteer organization providing faith-based crisis counseling in concert with emergency service agencies in the Bismarck area.
On Wednesday night, the Capitol building’s "Thin Blue Line" light display will shine for a second night in honor of the state’s fallen officers. In addition, Gov. Doug Burgum has ordered flags at half-staff on Wednesday.