National Police Week celebrates the memory of fallen officers

File photoGreensburg Police Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Again this year, communities across the United States will come together during National Police Week — May 15 to 21—to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.

This year, the names of 252 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 252 officers include 123 officers who were killed during 2015, plus 129 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.

“Law enforcement officers in the City of Greensburg, the State of Indiana and throughout the nation put their lives on the line every day for their communities,” a press release from Greensburg Chief of Police Brendan Bridges states. “We are fortunate that these brave men and women have chosen to dedicate their lives to the safety of others.”

The names of all 252 fallen officers nationwide were formally dedicated during the 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil May 13 to on the National Mall between Fourth and Seventh streets in Washingon, D.C.

The vigil was organized so that people across the country can experience the “unique and powerful” ceremony, according to information from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF)

The Candlelight Vigil is one of many commemorative events taking place in the nation’s capital during National Police Week 2016.

The national observance was organized by a group of organizations led by the NLEOMF, Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOPA).

On May 15 each year, the FOP and the FOPA host a ceremony on the west steps of the U.S. Capitol to honor fallen law enforcement officers and their families.

In tribute to American law enforcement officers and at the request of the NLEOMF, Public Law 103-322 designates May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is one of only two days each year during which government agencies, businesses and residents are to fly their U.S. flags at half staff.

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– Daily News

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