May 15, 2019 11:35 AM
Officers are standing guard at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial in St. Paul as part of Peace Officers Memorial Day on Wednesday.
The day honors officers killed or injured in the line of duty and has been taking place nationwide for nearly 60 years.
More than 250 officers in Minnesota have died in the line of duty.
Throughout the state, there will be ceremonies in remembrance of those who died while serving their communities.
Community members are paying tribute to DNR conservation officer Eugene Wynn, who drowned last month after being thrown from his boat while searching Cross Lake near Pine City.
"Officers and agents take an oath to protect the communities they serve and to protect America," said FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Jill Sanborn of the Minneapolis Field Office. "I think it's really important those memories never be forgotten. Those families of those fallen officers and agents need the community to remember."
Meanwhile, a new memorial was unveiled outside Wayzata City Hall this week, in remembrance of fallen law enforcement officials, including Officer Bill Mathews. In 2017, Mathews was struck by a vehicle while picking up debris along a highway and died.
"Law enforcement is a unique profession because we put our lives on the line every day we go to work," said Commander David Holmquist with the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association Honor Guard. "Every death we see hits home because we think that could be us."
In addition to a number of events at the capitol in St. Paul, there will be a ceremony at noon at the Minneapolis City Hall.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter also plans to speak at a memorial event at Mears Park.
Flags will fly at half staff throughout the state Wednesday.
Rebecca Omastiak & Alex Jokich
Updated: May 15, 2019 11:35 AM
Created: May 15, 2019 05:49 AM
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