The names of 286 U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty will be formally dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC during the 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will deliver the keynote address and lead in candle lighting and reading the names of the fallen officers. The 286 officers added to the Memorial this year include 100 who made the ultimate sacrifice during 2013, in addition to 186 officers who died earlier in history but whose sacrifice had not been previously documented. With these additions, there are 20,267 officers' names engraved on the Memorial, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, federal law enforcement, and military police agencies.
Each May 13, an estimated 20,000 people assemble at the Memorial grounds in Judiciary Square for the Candlelight Vigil, a signature event of National Police Week. For the sixth straight year, the ceremony will be streamed live over the Internet so that people across the country can witness this annual tribute to America's law enforcement officers. Individuals interested in the free webcast can register online at www.LawMemorial.org/webcast.
"Our annual Candlelight Vigil honors all of the brave men and women of law enforcement who put the safety and protection of others ahead of their own—especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the process," said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman & CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. "Coming to the ceremony in person or viewing it over the Internet is a way for all Americans to show their appreciation and respect for these heroes."
The names of the 286 officers added to the National Memorial this year can be found at www.LawMemorial.org/2014RollCall. For a complete schedule of National Police Week events in Washington, DC, visit www.LawMemorial.org/policeweek.
About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 20,267 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.