Now that we’ve honored our mothers, it’s time to honor those who keep our communities safe.
May 15 is National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week in which May 15 falls – this week — is National Police Week, a time for us all to pause and honor the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers and their families.
Events and ceremonies are taking place in Washington D.C. all week, including a 5k road race, a 250-mile Police Unity bicycle tour, an honor guard competition, and the National Police Survivors’ Conference. The 22nd annual Candlelight Vigil will take place on May 13 at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, with more than 20,000 attendees expected. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will deliver the keynote address. The Peace Officers Memorial Day Service, organized by the Fraternal Order of Police, will be at noon Saturday, May 15 on grounds of the U.S. Capitol.
National Police Week is a collaborative effort organized by:
- National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF)
- Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA)
- Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
To follow the events in D.C., including photos and commentary, check out the NLEOMF blog.
Local ceremonies are also taking place in communities across the country. How is your hometown celebrating National Police Week?