Friday, May 2, 2014

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. Currently, 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.


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 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.)


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 that share a common brotherhood.  In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week.  These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other. 


Locally we would like to honor all of our local police and sheriff’s officers during Police Week.  We sincerely appreciate all the work they do to continue to keep our communities safe.  Their jobs are unique to each area and require dedication. They put their lives on the line on a daily basis to protect all of us.  I encourage everyone to reach out during  National Police Week and give your local police and sheriff’s departments a big “thank you” and let them know how much we appreciate their service.                                                  Mary Hughes, Moultrie County Coordinator 


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