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Backing the Badge: Project Blue Light

Concerns of Police Survivors campaign makes it a blue season uniting supporters of law enforcement.

November 24, 2011  |  by Mariah Hughes

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) received a letter from Dolly Craig in 1988. In the letter, Mrs. Craig wrote that she would put two blue candles in her living room window during the holiday season.

One of the candles was in memory of her son-in-law, Daniel Gleason, who had been killed in the line of duty on June 5, 1986 while serving with the Philadelphia Police Department. The other was for her daughter, Pam, who had been married to Danny. Pam was killed in an automobile accident in August of 1988.

Mrs. Craig's letter and efforts to memorialize her beloved daughter and son-in-law formed the basis for the "Project Blue Light" annual awareness campaign. The legacy continues to grow.

After receiving the letter, C.O.P.S. began encouraging law enforcement families, friends and agencies to place a blue light or candle in a window at home, or to decorate their home, department of community with strings of blue lights as a show of support for the officers who patrol our cities, towns, and neighborhoods. The lights also honor those who've lost their lives in the line of duty. This tradition has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, but there are still plenty of new places we'd love to see those blue lights shine!

Join us as part of "Project Blue Light," and let your blue lights shine for law enforcement during the holidays. Remember, the color blue is also a symbol of peace. When you display your blue lights, you'll be sending a dual message to everyone driving by that you support America's peacekeepers, and that you hope the coming year will be a time of peace.

For more information about "Project Blue Light" or to find out more about the many services and programs offered by Concerns of Police Survivors, contact us through our Web site.

Tags: Concerns of Police Survivors, Thin Blue Line, Families of Officers

Comments (5)

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Bill @ 11/25/2011 5:21 PM

I've had a blue blub in the light pole out by my front walk-way every Christmas Season for over 5 years now; I hope all you LEO's and LE supporters do the same!

Robert @ 11/28/2011 4:09 PM

I always keep a light on. 24/7

CT LEO RET @ 11/29/2011 6:05 PM

I have blue running lights on my "retired" Harley Davidson Road King Police model, but this year I'll put some on my house.

Lk @ 12/6/2011 11:40 AM

My Uncle was killed in the line of Duty in 1973 while chasing a suspect down the road, the station wagon suddenly stopped and my uncle went over the car and skidded for about 1/2 a mile. He died 4 days later!

Tom @ 12/19/2011 5:51 AM

I'd be very curious to know if Canadian Officers follow the same sort of thing.

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