This year, from May 13th to May 19th, thousands of police officers, law
enforcement professionals, friends, family, and survivors gather in
Washington D.C for National Police Week. In 2017 alone, 129 officers
were killed in the line of duty. Since 1791, a total of 21,541 officers
have lost their lives in the line of duty.
One of the most moving ceremonies is the Annual Candlelight Vigil, where the names of fallen
officers will be forever etched into the Memorial Wall. Unlike many
memorials in Washington D.C, the National Law Enforcement Officers
Memorial is ever-changing as new names are added each year. A wreath
will be laid for each fallen hero and their names will be read aloud to
the thousands of people and loved ones.
For most, these touching events are a way of honoring the fallen, saying goodbye to their loved
ones, or paying tribute to the brothers and sisters in blue who made the
ultimate sacrifice. During Police Week, let us all take a moment to
remember and recognize the heroes who laid down their own lives for the
safety of ours. “The wicked flee when no man pursues but the righteous
are bold as a lion”.
To learn more about Police Week, click here.