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Monument to fallen law enforcement officers dedicated in Lansing

The Associated Press
Ingham County Sheriff Deputy Matt Hutting touches the name of Grant W. Whitaker who died in the line of duty in December 2014 at the Michigan Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Monument Dedication and Memorial Service Saturday in Lansing.

Lansing – The Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument has been dedicated following a 14-year fundraising effort in support of its construction.

Dozens of officers from departments across the state and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel took part in Saturday’s ceremony in Lansing at the monument honoring Michigan law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.

People gather around the sentinels with the names of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty at the Michigan Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial Monument Dedication and Memorial Service  on Saturday in Lansing.

The monument’s home in Veterans Memorial Park is adjacent to the Hall of Justice in the Capitol complex. Coined the “Sentinel,” the monument includes metal panels engraved with the names of fallen officers.

A groundbreaking took place last year on the project.

After the ceremony, the names of 588 fallen officers memorialized on the monument were read aloud.