In spite of blustery winds and a brief drizzle, more than two dozen tiny flames burned Wednesday evening at State Police headquarters in memory of each State Police trooper who has died in the line of duty over the last century.

Booming bagpipes, the traditional tune to law enforcement memorial services, established early the somber mood of the annual ceremony, which for the first time was held in the evening to include the lighting of 27 white candles, each serving to memorialize a fallen trooper.