In 1962, President Kennedy declared whatever day of the week May 15th lands on that said week shall be declared as national Police Week.
The South Dakota Peace Officers' Memorial Monument rests on the State Capitol Complex in Pierre on the northwest corner of Capitol Lake. Every year, hundreds of officers, employees, and families gather in Pierre during the week of National Police Week to pay their respect to those officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. The official ceremony traditionally consists of a prayer service, the laying of a memorial wreath at the monument, along with a 21-gun salute.
A roll call of heroes is read each year during the prayer service. Officers or a family member come forward to lay a single blue carnation at the front of the church for each officer announced. Taps are customarily played at the laying of the memorial wreath.
On June 14, 1944 Pierre Police Officer Alva Burnett, who was also known as "Blackie," was fatally shot during the investigation of a domestic argument on South Henry Street. Unfortunately, 51 other officers representing 22 other South Dakota agencies have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The public is invited to attend the annual ceremony.
The slideshow is some of the photographs taken during the 2013 South Dakota National Police Week Memorial Ceremony.
To view a listing of the names of the South Dakota officers and their respective agencies, go to the Officer Down Memorial website.