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Fallen Law Enforcement Officers to be Honored During 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 in Washington, DC

Attorney General Lynch to deliver special remarks as 252 names are dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial; event to be streamed live over the Internet

April 29, 2016

Washington, DC—The names of 252 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 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will deliver special remarks and lead in candle lighting and reading the names of the fallen officers. The names of 252 officers added to the Memorial this year include 123 who made the ultimate sacrifice during 2015, in addition to 129 officers who died earlier in history but whose sacrifice had not been previously documented.

With these additions, there are 20,789 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 event will also commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which was dedicated by President George H.W. Bush on October 15, 1991.

WHAT: 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil
Includes blue light display, musical tributes, and reading of 252 names as they are dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Live webcast is available through www.UnitedByLight.org.
WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2016—8:00 pm EDT
Media representatives must arrive and check in before 2:30 pm.
See credentialing information below.
WHERE: National Mall 
Between 4th and 7th streets
Washington, DC
WHO: Loretta E. Lynch
U.S. Attorney General

Jeh Johnson
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

Craig W. Floyd
Memorial Fund President & CEO

Brenda Donner
National President of Concerns of Police Survivors

Other law enforcement leaders and dignitaries

Each May 13, an estimated 20,000 people assemble for the Candlelight Vigil, a signature event of National Police Week. For the eighth 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.UnitedByLight.org.

“Our annual Candlelight Vigil is a moving tribute to 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, President & CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “Attending the ceremony in person or viewing it over the Internet is a meaningful way for all Americans to show their appreciation and respect for these heroes,” he shared. “As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and commence construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum, the Candlelight Vigil is especially meaningful this year.”

The names of the 252 officers added to the National Memorial this year can be found at www.LawMemorial.org/2016RollCall. For a complete schedule of National Police Week events in Washington, DC, visit www.LawMemorial.org/policeweek.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS: Media representatives planning to cover the Candlelight Vigil are asked to register for credentials in advance. Go to www.LawMemorial.org/credentials for details.

  • Media check-in will open at noon on May 13 and will be located on the southeast corner of 4th Street NW and Madison Drive NW. Media representatives must first check in to pick up credentials before accessing the site.
     
  • Space on the media riser is limited to one (1) credentialed representative per media outlet. All media equipment must be in place prior to the sweep scheduled to begin at 2:30 pm. Equipment may not be left unattended.
  • Parking is extremely limited. If you require a satellite truck to conduct live shots from the Vigil, please contact Steve Groeninger, 202-737-7135 or steve@nleomf.org, to reserve and receive a parking location for your vehicle.

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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 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 20,789 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund has begun construction of 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.

Steve Groeninger
steve@nleomf.org
(202) 737-7135