This year, National Police Week is May 12 through 18. President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week that day falls into as Police Week in 1962. This week, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world will head to Washington DC and participate in a number of planned events that honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. In 1982 the Memorial service started as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. The event has evolved into a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to the Nation’s Capital every year.
Between 25,000 and 40,000 law enforcement officers will attend National Police Week. They come from departments throughout the US and from agencies throughout the world. This week gives officers from around the world the unique opportunity to meet others that share a common brotherhood. The fraternal order of police DC Lodge number one sponsors receptions each afternoon in each evening during police week. All law enforcement personnel are open to come to any of the events.
Even though civilians are not invited to attend in the events of this week, you can visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is free of charge. The Memorial is located in the 400 block of East St., Northwest Washington DC. This is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The Memorial was dedicated on October 15, 1991 in honor of federal, state and local law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people.
The Memorial consists of two curving, 304 foot long marble walls. The names of over 19,000 officers that have been killed in the line of duty throughout US history (dating back to the first known death and 1791) are carved on the walls. New names are added to the Memorial each spring in conjunction with National Police Week.
The Memorial is located on 3 acres of federal parkland in the area known as Judiciary Square, which is the historic seat of our nation’s judicial branch of government. The grounds offer 128 trees, 60,000 plants surrounded by plush carpets of grass. In April, a burst of color is provided by over 10,000 deaf the deals blooming. The central plaza has an intricate paving pattern and bronze medallion that features the Memorial Fund logo (blue shield with a red rose draped across it).
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