Today we should all take a moment to pray for those officers and their families whose names will be added to the Police Memorial Wall, a wall that already contains far too many names. Each name represents so much more than the inscribed name in stone, because when an officer falls a community hurts, our way of life is shaken and the thin line between chaos and order shrinks. I remember walking the “Wall” stenciling onto paper the names of my friends and colleagues, passing the “new families” as they wept at the place of honor that they wished their loved one never attained. We all owe a debt to those brave officers that made the ultimate sacrifice and as always we vow to “NEVER FORGET”.
Founder/President HEART 9/11
National Police Week
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week is an observance that pays tribute to the local, state, and Federal peace officers who have died in the line of duty. The Memorial takes place on May 15, and Police Week is the calendar week in which the Memorial falls. The event is sponsored by the National Fraternal Order of Police and is implemented by the National FOP Memorial Committee. Other events of National Police Week include the annual Blue Mass, Candlelight Vigil, Wreath Laying Ceremony, National Police Survivors Conference, Honor Guard Competition, and the Emerald Society & Pipe Band March and Service. The events draw 25,000 to 40,000 law enforcement officers and their families to Washington, D.C. every year. Much of the holiday centers on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall in Washington, D.C., whose walls feature the names of more than 19,000 law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.