SE Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Program is This Evening (Update)
Update: Due to the possibility of inclement weather, today's Southeast Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Program will be moved indoors to Christ United Methodist Church at 400 5th Ave SW Rochester, MN 55902.
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A ceremony honoring law enforcement officers from throughout southeastern Minnesota who have died in the line of duty will be held this evening at Christ United Methodist Church.
The program at the Veterans Memorial will honor and remember 41 police officers, deputies, state troopers, federal agents, and a military police officer who sacrificed their lives serving their communities and their country. The ceremony includes the traditional placing of roses by survivors and law enforcement agencies. A news release says a Joint Services Honor Guard and members of the Rochester Caledonian Pipe Band will handle the military honors.
This year's ceremony will highlight two area officers. Faribault Police Chief David Shipley and Captain Loring Guenther of the Dodge County Sheriff's Office. Former Rochester Police Captain and the current Faribault Police Chief John Sherwin and the widow of Captain Guenther, Debonie Guenther will be speaking at the event.
The news release indicates everyone who attends will be invited by the Southeast Minnesota Law Enforcement Foundation Board to view the recently engraved memorial wall and hear an update on the progress in the construction of the new Law Enforcement Memorial at Soldiers Field.
The memorial program is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM.