Peace Officers Memorial Restoration

May 15, 2020 was Peace Officer Memorial Day and an event was held at the Peace Officers Memorial on the State Capitol Grounds in St. Paul.

This also marked the unveiling of the newly restored Peace Officers Memorial, work which was recently finished by CNH Architects, along with engineering firms EDI Mechanical & Electrical, Larson Structural, and Rehder Civil. Versacon served as the project’s general contractor.

A prominent element of the Peace Officers Memorial is a thin blue lighting feature, which symbolizes and honors the sacrifices law enforcement officials make every day.

Restoration work on the memorial included the following:

  • Replacement of “Thin Blue Line” lighting feature
  • Removal and resetting of existing granite pavers on new concrete slab
  • Extensive fountain repairs including pump, piping, waterproofing, and lighting replacement
  • Colonnade restoration including cast stone cleaning and installation of new protective zinc coated copper roof cap
  • Ornamental bronze stair handrail restoration and repairs

About the Peace Officers Memorial
On May 18, 1882, St. Paul Police Officer Daniel O’Connell was killed in the line of duty. He was the first officer in Minnesota who sacrificed his life while serving the citizens of this state. This memorial honors all those who have made this same sacrifice throughout our state as they carried out their duties to make our lives better and safer. It honors all of our peace officers who serve our communities with great pride and dedication. This memorial is designed to pay tribute to
 all of our peace officers, past and present, but especially to those who gave their lives for us. Their courage and their sacrifice has not been forgotten. Designers: Fred Richter and Mark Wentzell; dedicated on June of 1995.

Peace Officers Memorial in the news:
Fallen law enforcement officials remembered as part of Peace Officers Memorial Day

Learn More:
Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association

Peace Officers Memorial Facebook page

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