Remembering - againA solemn crowd of nearly 75 people waited patiently in the sweltering heat for the rededication of the memorial for Deputy Erv Clemons in Moose Lake on Monday.
By: Jamie Lund, Pine Journal
A solemn crowd of nearly 75 people waited patiently in the sweltering heat for the rededication of the memorial for Deputy Erv Clemons in Moose Lake on Monday.
Clemons was fatally wounded during an early morning standoff at a home in Moose Lake exactly 20 years earlier. The gunman suffered from mental illness and was also shot and killed.
The law enforcement officers met at the original scene of that long ago tragedy, then proceeded to the memorial site near the Moosehead Lake fishing pier, where the crowd was waiting for them.
Soon the long line of law enforcement vehicles came into view — their overhead emergency lights flashing — led by the Thin Blue Line Memorial Vehicle.
Law enforcement officers gathered together in a group as family, friends and community members stood quietly beside them.
The Rev. Father John Petrich and Judge Dale Wolf offered rededication prayers and a short speech next to the original memorial on the calm lake shore. The memorial was damaged in last summer’s flood.
After the Honor Guard wrapped up the ceremony and a lone soldier played “Taps” on the dock a short distance away, family and friends shared hugs and stories — and the sky began to weep.