In 1962, then President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation making May 15th the National Police Officer’s Memorial Day. Since that time the week surrounding May 15th has been designated National Police Week – a week of remembrance of those officers that have paid the ultimate price, and a week of celebration for those officers still walking the thin blue line.
BlueSheepDog is a site dedicated to furthering the abilities of police officers in carrying out their duties. We are, or have been, police officers, so we understand the hardships, sacrifices, accomplishments, and rewards of being police officers. We take this time to announce the National Police Week celebration, and to remember those who have gone before us and ended their watch.
During National Police Week we take time to honor all those who have sworn the oath, worn the badge, and patrolled the beat. Despite all the negative media lately I still believe that this profession is one of the most honorable a person may endeavor to undertake and endure.
The Memorial service in Washington D.C. started in 1982 with just 120 police survivors and supporters meeting in the Senate Park. What started as a small, simple gathering, has grown into a well-organized and official gathering place where the names of those officers who have sacrificed their lives in the service of others can be properly remembered and honored.
This year up to 40,000 police officers, family members, and supporters from all around the United States and the world will gather in Washington D.C. to memorialize 127 police officers who were killed in the line of duty during 2014.
If you ever get the chance to attend the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial, particularly during Officers’ Memorial Day, I would highly recommend the experience. I have been to the memorial, but not during the Memorial Day activities of National Police Week. I have been to my State’s law enforcement officer’s memorial services, and it was both moving and inspirational.
This is the Press Release from National Police Week on the scheduled activities, and the supportive functions of C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors’):
Camdenton, Mo. – Thousands of people will be visiting Washington, D.C. May 10-16 to observe National Police Week. Included in this group are almost 3,000 surviving family members and co-workers of America’s fallen law enforcement heroes.
Survivors are the family members, friends, and co-workers who are left behind when a law enforcement officer dies in the line of duty. This year, 127 officers who died in the line of duty in 2014 will be honored during National Police Week at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial’s annual Candlelight Vigil and the Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary’s National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.
While honoring and remembering our fallen officers is vitally important, Concerns of Police Survivors’ (C.O.P.S.) mission is to help the fallen officers’ families and affected co-workers learn to live again…something C.O.P.S. truly believes their fallen officers would want.
Concerns of Police Survivors is a national, not-for-profit organization with 49 chapters across the country. Members of C.O.P.S. are always prepared to help survivors when they need it, where they need it.
At National Police Week, C.O.P.S. hosts the National Police Survivors’ Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Program. Each gathering provides a safe haven for adult and minor-aged survivors to begin their healing process after the death of their officer. During these two-day events, survivors will hear from experts in grief counseling and build a peer network on which they will rely as they continue their grief journey. They will return home with new coping tools to adapt to a new “normal” in their lives.
Below is a brief list of events for National Police Week 2015:
Sunday, May 10 – No events are planned for this day.
Monday, May 11 – Early Arrival Day/Survivor Airport Pick-up
Tuesday, May 12 – Official Arrival Day /Survivor Airport Pick-up/ Law Enforcement United Arrival and Flag Presentations to 2014 Surviving Families
Wednesday, May 13 – Late Arrival Day / National Police Week Check-in/Registration at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center/ 27th Annual Candlelight Vigil
Thursday, May 14 – National Police Survivors’ Conference (Day 1) / C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Program (Day 1) /Day Care for Surviving Children and Siblings / C.O.P.S. 30th Anniversary “Hall of Fame” Dinner (this is a ticketed event)
Friday, May 15 – National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service
Saturday, May 16 – National Police Survivors’ Conference (Day 2) / C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Program (Day 2) /Day Care for Surviving Children and Siblings / Picnic on the Patio
Sunday, May 17 – Official Departure Day
Visit www.nationalcops.org for a complete detailed schedule.
Law enforcement supporters from across the nation are encouraged to fly a blue ribbon during National Police Week, May 10-16, in honor of all law enforcement officers.