In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
Normally, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement.
Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation’s Capital each year.
(President Donald Trump delivered remarks last year at the 38th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in Washington, D.C.. Courtesy of The White House and YouTube. Posted May 15, 2019.)
The National Peace Officers Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the annual Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
The FOP and its Auxiliary will be unable to host the 39th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in Washington, D.C. this week due to the COVID19 pandemic.
“This decision was a difficult one, but we believe it is the right one,” the organization released in a statement.
Normally, National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees.
The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world.
This provides a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement.
Tomorrow is the virtual Candlelight Vigil and we set a goal to light 22,217 virtual candles for each name on the Memorial’s walls. Please light a candle today with your donation to honor our fallen heroes and officers protecting us today. #UnitedByLighthttps://t.co/HOQdtdEkdO pic.twitter.com/63EnG4xcdt
— NLEOMF (@NLEOMF) May 12, 2020
The annual National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Candlelight Vigil will take place virtually this year due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
For over 30 years, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has held a Candlelight Vigil to honor those who have died in the line of duty.
This year, the names of fallen U.S. law enforcement officers will be formally dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during a virtual Candlelight Vigil on Wednesday, May 13 at 8 p.m. ET.
(Plan to watch the 32nd Annual Candlelight Vigil here on May 13, 2020 at 8pm (EDT). Courtesy of the NLEOMF and YouTube.)
The vigil will be broadcast via Verizon Media’s BUILD by Yahoo Series and on its social platforms Facebook and Twitter, @VZUpToSpeed and LawMemorial.org.
The virtual broadcast will replace the traditional Candlelight Vigil ceremony held on the National Mall, which draws more than 30,000 first responders, surviving families, and law enforcement supporters annually.
The 2020 ceremony will include special remarks by more than 50 guests including:
The Honorable Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
The Honorable Steny Hoyer, Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives
Dermot Shea, New York Police Commissioner
Patrick Yoes, National President, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
Tom Selleck, Joe Mantegna and John Walsh, and the chief executives of some of the nation’s Fortune 500 corporations, all paying tribute to the fallen U.S. law enforcement officers.
During the virtual Candlelight Vigil, the names of each of the 307 men and women that will be added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial this year will be read aloud in memory of their sacrifice.
Those tuning into the vigil can also visit a web app to view the full list of fallen officers, with their name, rank and photo.
Honoring the Fallen Amidst the Global Pandemic
“The current health crisis we are facing will not deter us from honoring the fallen,” said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Marcia Ferranto.
“By holding the annual Candlelight Vigil virtually, we have created an opportunity for the entire nation to light candles and stand in solidarity and support of the surviving families and law enforcement agencies.”
“This is also an opportunity for the public at large to learn about the depth and breadth of the service and sacrifice of American law enforcement.”
Located in Washington, D.C., the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is a living monument to ensure the men and women who died in the line of duty will never be forgotten.
The 307 names being engraved on the Memorial’s walls this year will be added to the 21,910 fallen officers already there, representing 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, federal law enforcement, and military police agencies.
Uniting to Pay Tribute to Law Enforcement Officers
With the Candlelight Vigil broadcast virtually, anyone can join the ceremony in solidarity and support.
Individuals can embrace the spirit of the Candlelight Vigil by participating in United by Light, where they can pay tribute to a law enforcement officer by lighting a virtual candle in respect, honor, or remembrance.
Virtual candles can be lit now to show appreciation for officers serving on the front lines keeping our nation safe during our current health crisis, on May 13 to honor a fallen officer, or any time of year to remember anniversaries, academy graduations, birthdays, special occasions, or just to say thank you for all law enforcement officers do to keep our communities safe.
To participate in United by Light:
Make an online donation – choose the gift amount that is appropriate and meaningful for you ($10 minimum).
Receive a thank you message with a link to the Virtual Candle Personal Message form.
Dedicate a message of hope and healing and light a virtual candle for your law enforcement hero or agency.
Visit LawMemorial.org/VirtualCandle to view all the virtual candle messages and share it with family and friends.
Your thoughtfulness will shine bright on the Memorial website—thank you!
Verizon is partnering with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund as lead sponsor and broadcast partner.
The live event will be streamed on Verizon Media’s BUILD by Yahoo Series and @VZUpToSpeed Twitter account.
“It’s a privilege to partner with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to help support the virtual Candlelight Vigil,” said Andrés Irlando, Senior Vice President and President, Public Sector and Verizon Connect at Verizon.
“Now more than ever, it’s important to keep this powerful tradition alive as we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and celebrate the women and men who risk their lives every day on the front lines to protect our communities.”
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial contains the names of 22,217 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, visit LawMemorial.org.
(A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Washington, DC, the Memorial Fund built and continues to maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial — the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Memorial Fund is a principal organizer of the National Police Week observance each May and hosts a Candlelight Vigil at the Memorial each May 13 to honor all fallen officers. In addition, the Fund maintains the largest, most comprehensive database of line-of-duty officer deaths, conducts research into officer fatality trends and issues, and serves as an information clearinghouse. Courtesy of TheNLEOMF and YouTube.)
Authorized by Congress in 2000, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum tells the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience along with educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs.
The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization.
For more information on the Law Enforcement Museum, visit LawEnforcementMuseum.org.
To Learn More about the virtual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 at 8 p.m. ET, please visit LawMemorial.org.
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