A 21-mile funeral procession for Fargo police officer Jason Moszer on Monday will wind through Moorhead and through Sabin, Minnesota, the town of 500 where Moszer lived.
The public is invited to pay tribute to Moszer during a 1 p.m. service at Scheels Arena in Fargo or along the procession route, which will end at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home where a private service will be held. Hundreds of law enforcement personnel from departments in several states are expected to attend.
Fargo police say parking will be limited at the arena, which holds 6,000 people, so carpooling is encouraged. The family has asked that small children not attend the funeral and that no photos or videos be taken in the arena.
There will be one television crew (from WDAY) at the funeral and their feed will be shown on several stations in the Red River Valley and beyond.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed that flags in the state will fly at half staff on Monday in recognition of Moszer. Before joining Fargo's police force six years ago, Moszer served in the Minnesota National Guard as a combat medic, the governor's office notes. He was deployed overseas twice – first to Bosnia in 2003-04, then to Iraq in 2006-07.
Valley News Live says Monday's funeral procession will pass the National Guard Armory in Moorhead.
It's bound to be particularly emotional when it passes through Sabin. The Fargo Forum reports the town is dotted with blue ribbons and blue porch lights in Moszer's honor. City council member Tom Berglind told the newspaper: "Everyone's sad and upset over what happened, but it's amazing how the community has pulled together."
The blue light bulbs have been a popular tribute to Moszer and his law enforcement colleagues – so popular, in fact, that the police departments distributing them ran out more than once this week, WDAY reports.