CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. (WLUC) - The Michigan State Police hosted their 28th annual Peace Officer Memorial to remember those killed in the line of duty. Police officers from all over the U.P. remembered their brothers and sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Wednesday’s ceremony began with a 65 car procession from Runkle Lake Park to Forest Park school.
"It's just a wonderful event where we can pay tribute to those officers who have died,” Lt. Paul Campbell told TV6 News. “It gives the communities the opportunity to realize that officers do make sacrifices daily. Whether it's being away from our families or unfortunately sometimes tragedy happens and officers are killed during the performance of their duties."
Families of many of those officers were present as they were honored through a moment of silence and a roll call. They also participated in the laying of a wreath for their loved ones.
The ceremony included a number of speeches given from other officers and former State Representative, Ed McBroom.
"I wanted to make some notes about sacrifice and the importance of community and how our police officers serve as our watchmen and they serve a function to keep us unified,” McBroom said. “I wanted to thank them for that."
This is an event officers plan to continue for many more years to come.