(Bismarck, ND) -- North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum issued a proclamation today, declaring May 11th to the 17th as Police Week in the state.
Burgum says flags are to be flown at half-staff at government agencies this Thursday, May 12th, in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day. The governor encourages businesses and residents to do the same.
"On Peace Officers Memorial Day, we pay tribute to the heroes who wore the uniform with pride and died fighting to protect our families, homes and communities,” Burgum said. “We are forever grateful for these fallen officers, including the 66 North Dakotans who lost their lives in the line of duty, and we grieve for their families today and every day. During Police Week, we also honor and share our deepest gratitude for the men and women in uniform who inspire us with their bravery, perseverance and willingness to put themselves in harm’s way every day for the safety of our citizens.”
North Dakota’s annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Memorial Hall at the Capitol. West Fargo Police Chief Dennis Otterness, along with Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford and Attorney General Drew Wrigley, will be speaking at the event.
You can read more about the proclamation by clicking here.