National Police Week comes to an end. The streets of downtown were closed around Jarvis Plaza and all types of law enforcement (Border Patrol, Customs, LPD, etc.) gathered to play taps for those lost in the line of duty. I took photos but unfortunately cannot download them – darn PCs at work! I can guarantee that it was a very moving ceremony even if I did not stick around.
The Fraternal Order of Policed sponsored daily events in Washington DC and they write about the history of National Police Week as follows:
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”. Every year since, 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 first official memorial service took place on May 15, 1982. On that date, approximately 125 people gathered in Senate Park to honor 91 law enforcement officers. Over the past 22 years we have honored over 3,000 law enforcement officers from around our nation. Today, the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service has become 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 (COPS).
The Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Police are very proud to be the official sponsor of the Memorial Service.
To all our honorable (because there are a small few that are not) men and WOMEN in blue (or whatever color uniform they protect us in), thank you for all that you do!