Again this year, communities across the United States will come together during National Police Week, May 12-18, 2019, 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.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
This year, the names of officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These officers include officers who were killed during 2018, plus officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.
The names of all fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated during the 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2019, to be held on the National Mall in Washington, DC. So that people across the country can experience this unique and powerful ceremony, the vigil will be webcast live over the Internet beginning at 8 PM (EST) on May 13th. Watch the 2018 CSPAN covered here: www.LawMemorial.org/webcast.
In addition on May 15th, 2019 the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service will be held, sponsored by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary. The Memorial Service will take place on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year.
Trophy Club Police Chief Patrick Arata commented, “We are fortunate to have these brave men and women to protect our Town and continue to make Trophy Club one of the safest places to live, take a minute to say hi.”
For more information about National Police Week, please visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund online or National Police Week.
About the Trophy Club Police Department
The Trophy Club Police Department serves more than 13,000 residents and has been recognized by the Texas Crime Prevention Association for its efforts in crime prevention and community involvement. Since its formation in 1990, the Trophy Club Police Department has provided traditional law enforcement services to the community and has also provided innovative approaches to community issues through partnerships with various organizations and problem-solving activities