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Media Advisory: Police Unity Tour 2012 to Arrive at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Over 1,400 law enforcement officers and supporters "Ride for Those Who Died"

May 10, 2012

Washington, DC—On Saturday May 12, more than a thousand members of the Police Unity Tour—a group comprised of mainly police officers—will complete their 2012 journey to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.

The Tour’s six spokes will converge in Washington, DC on May 12 when the riders arrive at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial—at approximately 2:00pm—to the cheers of thousands of family members, friends, colleagues and supporters.

Upon arrival, each rider will pedal through the Memorial’s ‘Pathways of Remembrance,’ which flank the Memorial walls. Once each rider has filed on to the Memorial grounds, there will be a brief ceremony with remarks by the Police Unity Tour’s Board of Directors and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s Chairman and CEO, Craig W. Floyd.

Given that part of the Police Unity Tour’s mission is to raise funds for the Memorial, Police Unity Tour executives will present Mr. Floyd with a check for the total amount of funds raised by each rider participating in the 2012 ride. At the conclusion of the ceremony, each rider will receive a medal commemorating this year’s ride.

Along their routes, riders stopped at 14 Target® stores to further the group’s primary mission of raising awareness about law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Target® is a generous sponsor of the Police Unity Tour, the Memorial Fund’s National Police Week activities, and the entire law enforcement community.

Follow the riders’ progress and view a few photos from the tour at www.facebook.com/nleomf and on twitter @nleomf.

What: Police Unity Tour Arrival Ceremony
When: May 12, 2012 – 1:00-2:00pm (approximate time)
Where: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
E Street, between 4th and 5th Streets, NW
Washington, DC
Who: Patrick Montoure, Florham Park (NJ) Police Chief and Founder of Police Unity Tour

Harry Phillips, Executive Director of Police Unity Tour
Police Unity Tour Board of Directors

Craig W. Floyd, Chairman & CEO of National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

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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 honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 19,660 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 law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.

About the Police Unity Tour
Founded in 1997 with 18 riders, the Police Unity Tour now boasts more than 1,400 riders and support personnel dedicated to raising awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The Police Unity Tour raises funds to support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and National Law Enforcement Museum. For more information, visit www.PoliceUnityTour.com

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s National Police Week events and activities are supported, in part, by a generous contribution from Target®. 

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