MUNISING, Mich. (WLUC) - The 24th annual Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony was held Wednesday in Munising.
Members of dozens of different law enforcement agencies traveled from across the Upper Peninsula to Munising High School to honor the memory of the brave men and women who died in the line of duty.
Some of the names read in the roll call of the fallen have been gone for more than 100 year, but according to Alger and Schoolcraft County Probate and Family Court Judge, Charles Nebel, that doesn't change the fact that their life was cut short so that we can live free and peaceful lives.
"The fact that it's memorialized on that plaque is important because it shows the value of that contribution. We're protected. We're served by those individuals. They've given that ultimate sacrifice and here we are generations later still recognizing their commitment, their sacrifice," Nebel declared.
For others, the wounds of their loss are still too fresh. That’s why for each of these men and women that continue to put themselves in harm’s way, it’s important to recognize and memorialize the sacrifice made by their brothers and sisters.
"We might feel that a little more profoundly than in a bigger community. But everyone that's lost, is a face, a memory, a son or daughter, a wife and mother. So that loss for the family is also significant,” Nebel asserted.
According to First Lieutenant, Clint Michelin, Post Commander at the Michigan State Police Post in Negaunee, this type of ceremony also serves as a reminder for these officers and for everyone to always be prepared.
“It's also a nice reminder for our active law enforcement members to come to these ceremonies, so they’re reminded on a regular basis to maintain high levels of awareness and to stay vigilant and to serve our communities well while keeping themselves safe without getting complacent," Lt. Michelin announced.
Lt. Michelin and all first responders ask that all Michigan motorists ‘move over’ when you see an officer making a traffic stop, if not for your own peace of mind, then for theirs.