Next week (May 14 - 20) is National Police Week, with Monday, May 15 being National Peace Officers Memorial Day (proclaimed by President Kennedy in 1962). This week pays special recognition to all those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Law Enforcement agencies and charitable organizations around the country are holding memorial services and events to honor the fallen.
Each year, the Police Unity Tour involves officers and civilians ride their bikes to raise money for the National Law Enforcement Museum, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, and other services. There are chapters in several states, and the Wisconsin ride is already underway, posting their progress on their face book page. If you’re in the Washington D.C. area, a full web site is dedicated to next week’s schedule of events.
Many events will be taking place around the country, such as the fifth annual Fallen Officer Run in Deming, NM, which raises money for the families of fallen officers. The Appleton, Wisc. Police department will be holding a brat fry and displaying their vehicles. Events can be found in your area by simply searching “National Police Week events in <insert your city>” online.
Many memorials will be held next week as well, in honor of officers recently lost in the line of duty. The Officer Down Memorial Page web site lists all fallen officers by year, with details on cause of death and statistics by state.
On a lighter note, Indianapolis high school student Sierra Bradway was surprised on her prom night when dozens of her father’s fellow officers showed up for her prom pictures. Bradway’s father was killed in the line of duty in 2013 while responding to a domestic call. She wanted to have her picture taken by his headstone on her prom night. When her date’s mother heard her plan, she got the police department involved. It made for a very memorable night.
Wherever you are in the U.S., please take time to find out how officers are being honored in your area. And don’t forget to check out the LECF – an organization that not only raises money for the families of fallen officers, but also works to educate and protect those currently protecting us.