Many law enforcement officers put their life on the line every day to serve and protect their communities. This week has been an opportunity nationally and locally, to take a moment to thank the officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy, designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week that follows as Police Week. National Police Week is organized by National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA) and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S). They organize events in Washington D. C. every year.
Some of the National Police Week main events included:
Annual Candlelight Vigil
Fallen officers nationwide were formally dedicated. This year included a live webcast of the event, so people across the nation could join in and watch the dedication.
From the press release for this year’s event: “This year, the names of 394 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 394 officers include 143 officers who were killed during 2016, plus 251 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.”
Annual Blue Mass
The annual Blue Mass, which is where first responders gathered to remember those that have served and to ask for continued protection in the future.
Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service
The 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service was held on May 15th. The service included a speech by President Trump and honored officers killed in the line of duty.
Although these are the national events that have taken place this week, local communities have also organized events honoring law enforcement as well. We at Magtech would like to take a moment to thank all the Law Enforcement Officers around the country for all they do to keep our cities safe. Thank you.