Greater love has no one than this: that one lay down his life for his friends. This phrase resonated throughout the halls of the Norway Fine Arts Center as law enforcement from all across the Upper Peninsula gathered together to honor fallen police officers.
??It??s not how the officers died that made them heroes; it's how they lived,?? said keynote speaker, Dickinson County District Court Judge, Christopher S. Ninomiya.
The Peace Officers Memorial Day commenced with an honorary ride of dozens of law enforcement vehicles heading to Norway from Iron Mountain. Spectators and those honoring the fallen came to thank the officers for their service.
"Some of them died protecting us. They did so much to protect us,?? said a young girl after seeing the officers.
Families of fallen soldiers attended the ceremony, and a bell ringing set the somber tone.
It was a day of recognition, gratefulness, and respect for those who, putting the safety and protection of communities above all, laid down their lives for others.