The Minnesota Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors will kick off the holiday season tonight with its annual Blue Light Holiday Ceremony on the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul.
The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. and features blue lights, music and appearances by family members of fallen Lino Lakes officer Shawn Silvera and fallen Minneapolis Park Police officer Mark Bedard. Also appearing will be state Sen. Ann Lynch, DFL-Rochester, and Gretchen O'Neil and Paul Gertsen, who are representing Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), which promotes Project Blue Light during the holidays.
The Anoka County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard and many law enforcement officers will attend the ceremony of remembrance near the Peace Officers Memorial.
Project Blue Light is held as a visual display of support and gratitude for men and women who serve as peacekeepers in the community.