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Minnesota police officers standing guard to honor the fallen

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Police officers in Minnesota are standing guard for 24 hours to honor their fallen comrades.

Officers took their post at the Peace Officers Memorial in St. Paul Saturday at 7 p.m., where they will stand in silence for 20-minute shifts until 7 p.m. Sunday, according to the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association (LEMA).

This is in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day to pay tribute to those who've lost lives in the line of duty.

Minnesota saw one police officer die in the line of duty in 2015, according to the National Police Week websiteSteven Sandberg, a deputy with the Aitkin County Sheriff's Office, was killed on Oct. 18, 2015, when he was fatally shot by a patient at St. Cloud Hospital.

Sandberg is among the 276 line-of-duty deaths in Minnesota, and among the 128 officers who died while on-duty across the country in 2015, the Officer Down Memorial Page shows.

Peace Officers Memorial Day has been held annually on May 15 since 1962, and the week in which it falls is National Police Week.

There will be events held around the country in honor of National Police Week, and on Sunday, there will be a candlelight vigil in St. Paul.

The public is invited to attend the tribute to Minnesota's fallen. It will begin at 7:25 p.m. with a parade of law enforcement honor guards who will march to the grounds of the state capital.

The vigil will pay a special tribute to Sandberg, LEMA says, and will conclude with a ceremonial firing party, taps and "Amazing Grace." For more information on Sunday night's event, click here.

In tribute to the officers, Gov. Mark Dayton ordered flags at half-staff, and in his proclamation he thanked the more than 10,000 officers who serve in Minnesota.

Law enforcement offices around the state are also marking National Police Week.

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