26th Annual Candlelight Vigil Honored 286 Fallen Peace Officers at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Attorney General Eric Holder leads the lighting of candles and reading of fallen officers’ names; including 100 officers killed in the line of duty in 2013 and 186 prior-year fatalities
Washington, DC—The names of 286 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty—including 100 who died in 2013—were formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Tuesday evening, during the 26th annual Candlelight Vigil.
U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. delivered poignant keynote remarks and led the lighting of candles and reading of the fallen officers’ names. “Across this great country and throughout our history, America’s law enforcement officers have come to stand for all that every citizen should aspire to be,” said Attorney General Holder. “That is why we assemble to honor these brave men and women each year during National Police Week.”
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and Madeline Neumann, National President of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), also participated in the annual tribute to fallen officers, a special part of the National Police Week observance in the nation’s capital.
The evening’s program also featured musical tributes and a special recognition of survivors of fallen officers, as well as some dignitaries and guests, including Senator Lisa Murkowski representing the state of Alaska.
In addition to the 100 officers who died in 2013, the names of 186 officers, who died in prior years, were added to the Memorial. The national monument now contains the names of 20,267 fallen law enforcement officers—from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, federal, corrections, railroad, and military police agencies—who died in the performance of duty throughout U.S. history, dating back to the first known officer death in 1791.
“The 20,267 fallen heroes, whose names embrace us this evening, came from different states, counties and towns across America,” said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman & CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “But they all wore the same Badge of Honor.”
An estimated 20,000 people attended the ceremony in person, including surviving family members, friends, law enforcement colleagues, and others. Thousands more participated via a live webcast of the ceremony provided by the Memorial Fund and Officer.com. Hundreds of supporters dedicated virtual candles participating in the Memorial Fund’s United By Light campaign, which also included more than 45 viewing events hosted across the country.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund also partnered with Clear Channel Outdoor to raise awareness across the country to honor these fallen officers, as well as raise awareness about the annual Candlelight Vigil and United By Light events and virtual candle wall. And for the sixth year in a row, USA Today has printed a quarter page ad in honor of the 100 officers who died in 2013.
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For more information, including the names of officers added this year to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, visit www.LawMemorial.org/2014RollCall. Photos from the Candlelight Vigil are available at www.LawMemorial.org/Photos.
About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. 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. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s National Police Week events and activities are supported, in part, by a generous contribution from Target®.