DOVER - Delaware State Police held its annual Police Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony in front of the Delaware State Police Training Academy Wednesday to honor troopers killed in the line of Duty. The service was held at Troopers’ Memorial Park, located on the grounds of the Delaware State Police Headquarters Complex, on U.S. 13 in Dover.
A wreath was laid in front of a 7-foot granite monument cut in the shape of the state of Delaware. Surviving family members then placed a carnation in a bouquet, in remembrance of the deceased family member. Fellow troopers, family members, relatives and friends gathered to remember the 23 troopers who have lost their lives in the line of duty since 1923.
Speakers included Attorney General Matthew Denn; Secretary Lewis D. Schiliro, of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security; Col. Nathaniel McQueen Jr., superintendent of Delaware State Police; Lt. Thomas Brackin, president of Delaware State Police Troopers Association, and Eleanor Allione (C.O.P.S).