It’s National Police Week

The week is National Police week. It marks the time of year that fallen police officers are remembered for their service and laying their life on the line to help others.

President John F. Kennedy in 1962 signed a proclamation making May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Now that week is Police Week. People from all over the country head to Washington, DC to take part in a list of events.

This year 371 names of officers killed in the of duty will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial here in the District of Columbia. Of that number 158 who died in 2018, the others died over the past few years.

Tonight a Candlelight Vigil will be held at 8:00 p.m. on the National Mall between 7th and 12th Streets. The event is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. No tickets are required and everyone is welcome.

Wednesday is the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. The Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

The service begins at 11:00 a.m. and is expected to run approximately 2 hours. The Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held immediately following the Memorial Service.

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