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Published May 15, 2011, 08:20 AM

Deputy Chris Dewey among those honored on Peace Officer Memorial Day

St. Paul, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Friends, family, and communities around the country are mourning the deaths of fallen officers. Officers killed in the line of duty. Mahnomen County Deputy Chris Dewey's name now lines a monument at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Dewey died last August, after being shot during in a standoff in 2009. Thousands of police converged on the Capitol for Peace Officer Memorial Day. Names of the fallen were read, while families placed roses into a memorial wreath.

SEC. JANET NAPOLITANO - Department of Homeland Security: “This morning is a time for all Americans to reflect on what we ask of law enforcement and to remember all that law enforcement provides in return with no expectation of recognition or a reward."

316 other officers killed in the line of duty. There are now more than 19-thousand names on that memorial.

It was an emotional day for officers in Minnesota. The state held its own vigil, a 24 hour remembrance of the lives lost.

The honor guard is remembering the 259 Minnesota Law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since 1874. Officers from around the state are walking the thin blue line at the memorial site in St. Paul. The wreaths are for the fallen heroes, but each one is a reminder of the family left behind.

JIM RYGG - Edina Police Department: “It gives you an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice that these officers made. Also the sacrifice that their families made when you are a police officer, your family is also a police officer and when you pay the ultimate sacrifice. They also pay the ultimate sacrifice as well."

Flags are flying at half-staff around the nation to honor those fallen men and women. From sunrise to sunset, American flags are lowered. Other services are planned this week, including one in Bismarck Governor Jack Dalrymple plans to attend Wednesday.

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