Law Enforcement Memorial Prayer
Dear Lord, law enforcement is not an easy task to do,Yet, there are many who choose to wear the shield. They serve each day, to the oaths they swore are true, Protecting and serving, a safer, better world to build.
Lord now we gather to pay our deepest honor, To those of ours officers, killed in the line of duty. It matters not the style of shield they wore, Only that they served with pride, and honor.
Lord all that matters is that they were one of us, Serving wherever needed, richest mansion to dirtiest alley. Confident and proud, highly honored by the peoples trust, So they carried a shield, mindful of all their sacred duties.
Lord you have called several of ours home to glory, The race with life for them is now done. Peace, blessed peace, in safety, forever now with Thee, Welcome rest, now in heaven for all of eternity.
May time never erase the sacrifices that were made, May no officer ever fall alone, to lie cold in their grave. May those of us still serving, remember well the price they paid, May their memories stand forever as those who went down brave.
Lord give us courage to carry on, to still live and care, To not be vengeful or bitter, to simply trust Your word it true. May we always cover with pride the shield we wear, To honor all fallen officers, whom we now commend to you.
- Officer Thomas Guthery
National Law Enforcement Day - May 15th
What is National Law Enforcement Day and why is this date so important to law enforcement?
May 15th is a day set aside for officers and the public to pay their respect and homage to those officers who have given their lives in the line-of-duty.
How did we come by this date as National Law Enforcement Day?
On October 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726, which declared May 15th as National Law Enforcement Day. President Kennedy signed this bill to honor and remember those fallen officers.
In Minnesota, LEMA hosts a "Standing of the Memorial Guard" event on May 15th. Officers from across the state post guard around our Peace Officer's memorial which is located on the State Capitol grounds. Standing of the memorial guard commences at 2000 hours on the evening of the 14th and continues until 1930 hours on May 15th. At 1930 hours LEMA hosts a Candlelight vigil. This service begins with Honor Guard units from across the state that march in a parade across the Wabasha Bridge, up to the Peace Officers' Memorial and stand at parade rest around the guests in attendance at the service. Each guest is provided with a candle before the ceremony begins which is lit at the end of the service. For more information on these events please contact a LEMA Board of Director.