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Ground breaking ceremony for fallen officer memorial in Lansing

Fallen officers memorial
Posted at 8:59 AM, Oct 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-19 07:54:20-04

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday morning on a monument to honor Michigan law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

The Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument Fund was created after Governor Jennifer Granholm signed a bill into law on July 1, 2004.

The commission has been raising money since 2005.

The winning design for the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument was unveiled in Lansing on February 8, 2007.

The "Sentinel", a design by David Milling, of David Milling & Associates/Architects of Ann Arbor was modified in 2017.

The monument will be composed of 10 sentinels - 4’ X 8’ metal panels engraved with the names of fallen officers - 'standing vigil over the memories of those lost.' The panels will march from west to east and will be lit from below. The panels will provide a sense of strength and stability due to their scale while allowing security and visibility of the adjacent Vietnam Memorial.

The memorial will honor the more than 40 Michigan law enforcement officers who have died in the past 12 years.

Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will provide remarks at the ceremony along with MLEOM commissioners.

The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at 900 West Allegan Street in Lansing.