The procession of patrol cars from throughout the area was led by the Law Enforcement Momorial Association Honr Guard as it approached the Ervid T. Elemons Memorial Rest Area.
Moose Lake was filled with law enforcement patrol cars on Monday, Aug. 26, as the officers gathered to remember and honor Ervid T. Clemons, one of their own who was killed in the line of duty on August 26, 1993, in Moose Lake.
Officers from the Moose Lake Police Department, the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, the Fond du Lac Police Department, the Cloquet Police Department, the Duluth Police Department, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, the Superior Police Department, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers, as well as the Law Enforcement Explorer’s Program, met at the Moose Lake Depot, near the scene of Clemons’ death, and held a prayer service in his memory.
The procession of patrol cars, led by The Thin Blue Line Memorial Vehicle, then came down Folz Boulevard, turned onto Arrowhead Lane and proceeded to the Ervin T. Clemons Rest Area near the fishing pier.
The service was held to rededicate the memorial which had been damaged in last year’s flood, to Clemons on this 20th anniversary of his death.
The procession to the memorial was led by an honor guard from the Law Enforcement Memorial Association. The Thin Blue Line Memorial Vehicle, with American flags and Police flags mounted on the front, stood near the gathering, paying homage to another fallen officer during the service.
The vehicle is a retired patrol car from North St. Paul that was purchased by the city and given to Christine Crittenden, the widow of slain officer Richard Crittenden, who was fatally killed on September 9, 2009, while responding to a violated Order for Protection.
The names of 277 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty are listed on the trunk surface of the vehicle.
Family, friends, and law enforcement officers, both still serving and retired, attended the service in 90-degree heat to honor Clemons and rededicate his memorial.
The service was led by Father John Petrich, the Duluth Police Department Chaplain.
The Honorable Judge Dale Wolf, who spoke at Clemons’ funeral service 20 years before, was the speaker.
Wolf announced that the Carlton County Board of Commissioners were meeting at that moment, and were observing a moment of silence in honor of Clemons.
“A law enforcement officer faces unknown dangers each and every day,” said Judge Wolf. “They guard the weak and remove the treacherous.
“When I spoke at Erv’s funeral 20 years ago, I had a hard time making sense of his death. All that is left for us it to honor his memory and his sacrifice.
“We remember and honor him here today in the community he loved, amongst family and friends. We are here to reflect and remember Ervid T. Clemons, a husband, father and friend, who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“He’d say, ‘Folks, don’t just add your voice in support for me but for all of my brothers and sisters.’
“This monument is here to remember Erv long after we’re gone. Erv was taken from us way too soon. Let us honor his memory.”
The service ended with a prayer and the playing of taps from one of the honor guard, who was out on the fishing pier.