It was a somber moment at the La Crosse County Administrative Building Tuesday morning as area law enforcement honored officers fallen in the line of duty.
In 1962, President John F Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, an observance now 56 years old. La Crosse County did their part with their ceremony, reading the names of fallen officers, holding a moment of silence, a salute with rifle fire and the playing of taps.
Local officers said the bond between law enforcement members is something beyond what most others ever experience.
"I can say that there are bonds outside of a regular family... brothers, sisters, parents," Sgt. Jon Wenger of the La Crosse Police Department said. "But there's no bond that you can describe like a bond there is with law enforcement, because it's only within our own group that we understand that bond."
This observance falls on National Police Week, which typically draws tens of thousands of law enforcement officers to Washington DC. The week has grown to a series of events to honor officers lost in the line of duty.
In his comments, Chief Deputy Jeff Wolf of La Crosse County Sheriff's Office honored Detective Jason Weiland who was gunned down in the line of duty in Wausau last year and State Trooper Anthony Borostowski, who lost his life in a crash during high speed pursuit near Wisconsin Dells.