Law enforcement raising funds for memorial ceremony

Law enforcement raising funds for memorial ceremony

MARQUETTE — Law enforcement officers in the Upper Peninsula are preparing for an event to honor their fallen comrades.

The U.P. Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony — an annual occasion that travels between the U.P. counties — will be held in the Superior Dome in Marquette in May. The event honors the memory of those in the surrounding area who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“That encompasses officers that have fallen in the Upper Peninsula, natives of the Upper Peninsula that have given that sacrifice and have fallen,” said First Lieutenant Clint Michelin, Post Commander of Michigan State Police Negaunee Post. “We also do this in conjunction with our neighboring agencies, whether they be Canadian agencies or Wisconsin border agencies as well.”

To help offset some of the costs involved in putting on the ceremony, law enforcement agencies are accepting donations in exchange for a U.P. Peace Officer Memorial bracelet.

“We encourage anybody that’s interested in these to go to any of your local agencies. Most agencies do have these for sale. They’re just $2.00 a piece, and it’s a nice way to support your local law enforcement,” F/Lt. Michelin added.

The memorial event will begin at 10:00 a.m. on May 20th, and it’s open to the public.