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National Peace Officers Memorial Day (Week)
This holiday and week has been observed each May since a joint resolution of
Congress was signed into law by Pres. Kennedy in 1962 to recognize the service
and sacrifice of those in law enforcement. During Police Memorial Week events
and ceremonies across the nation honor officers killed in the line of duty.

The Memorial Service in D.C., 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
, has grown to a series of events
which attracts thousands of survivors
and law enforcement officers to our
Nation's Capital each year. Many
other events and ceremonies take
place all over the country.

Examples of these include; parades, wreath ceremonies at police memorials, open
houses which gives police officers a chance to meet the public, demonstrations
and displays from various law enforcement operations, and award ceremonies for
officers and citizens alike.
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Annual Candlelight Vigil
The Candlelight Vigil is held at 8:00 p.m. on a
selected day before Police Memorial Day
(May 15th). The event is sponsored by the
National Law Enforcement Officers
Memorial.  It is normally held at the National
Law Enforcement Museum.
Annual Blue Mass
The Blue Mass is held at 12:10
p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic
Church (10th & G Streets, NW,
Washington, DC). It
commemorates the loss of
police, fire and EMS first
Annual Blue Mass at St. Patricks
(photo: Saint Patricks, Washington D.C.)

Washington Area Law Enforcement Memorial Service
The DC FOP Lodge #1, FOP Auxiliary, DC MPD and DC-COPS, co-host the
Annual Washington Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service. Honoring
officers lost in the area. The Auxiliary also hosts a luncheon at the nearby DC
FOP Lodge after the service.
Additional Events
Annual Emerald Society/Pipe Band Memorial March & Service
An event sponsored by the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald
Societies (NCLEES). A march that starts at 6:00 p.m. and proceeds to the
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, where a memorial service is held.
National Police Survivors Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens
Sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). Family and co-worker
survivors get opportunities to receive support to understanding grief, prepare for
trial, learn coping skills, and build connections with others.
Annual Steve Young National Honor Guard Competition and Pipe Band
An event hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police and takes place at the Grant
Statue. Honor guard teams and pipe bands perform for the public as they pay  
tribute to law enforcement and their surviving families.