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Members of the North Dakota Peace Officers Association Honor Guard point their rifles to the sky as they discharge three volleys to honor the fallen law enforcement killed in the line of duty during the annual North Dakota Peace Officer Memorial Day ceremony outside of Memorial Hall at the state Capitol in Bismarck in 2017. The members, from left, Jackie Lundstrom, Meagan Miller, Chris Kinzler, Ray Kaylor, Tad Pritchett, Jeff Olson, Joe Charvat under the command of Rick Richard, far left, represent the numerous law enforcement agencies in the state. 

The North Dakota Peace Officers Memorial ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday near the Peace Officers Memorial on the east side of the state Capitol’s Judicial Wing.

Gov. Doug Burgum directed government agencies to fly the United States and North Dakota flags at half-staff on Tuesday and encouraged North Dakotans to do the same at their homes and businesses, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Burgum's directive is in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Donald Trump, who called upon all Americans to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

“Our law enforcement officers have our deepest gratitude for their unwavering dedication to protecting our lives, our property and our liberty,” Burgum said. “On Peace Officers Memorial Day — and every day — we honor the brave men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty. Their courage and sacrifice will always be remembered.”

Sixty-four North Dakota peace officers have died in the line of duty since 1882, when the first line of duty death was recorded in what was then Dakota Territory.

On Tuesday evening, the state Capitol building windows on two floors will be lit to display a Thin Blue Line, which symbolizes the line of law enforcement that stands between chaos and order. This will be repeated Wednesday evening.

"As we remember the fallen, we will also have the opportunity to say thank you to those who continue to protect and serve,” said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

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