The names of 371 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 during the 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil held on the National Mall in Washington, DC, at 8 pm on Monday.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr will deliver special remarks and lead in reading the names of the fallen officers. The names of 371 officers added to the Memorial this year include 158 who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2018, in addition to 213 officers who died earlier in history but whose sacrifice had not been previously documented.
Other speakers at the vigil include: Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; Cheryl Schultz, national president of Concerns of Police Survivors; John Ashcroft, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) chairman of the board; and Lori Sharpe Day, NLEOMF interim CEO.
With the additions, there will be 21,910 officers’ names engraved on the Memorial, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, federal law enforcement, and military police agencies.
“The annual Candlelight Vigil allows us to honor the officers who sacrificed their lives for the protection of ours,” said Sharpe Day. “By attending the ceremony in person or by viewing it online, we are able to show support for the families of these brave men and women who serve.”
The names of the 371 officers added to the National Memorial this year can be found at www.LawMemorial.org/2019RollCall. For a complete schedule of National Police Week events in Washington, DC, visit www.LawMemorial.org/PoliceWeek.