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May 2010: eNewsletter

Many Ways to Honor Fallen Heroes during Candlelight Vigil
Register for the 2010 Candlelight Vigil Webcast

Each May 13, an estimated 20,000 people assemble on the grounds of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for the annual Candlelight Vigil. This year’s ceremony will feature a laser light show (representing the “thin blue line” of law enforcement), musical tributes, the lighting of candles and the reading of the names of all 324 officers added to the Memorial this spring. For people in Washington, DC, on May 13, the Vigil is a special—and spectacular—salute to law enforcement.

For those who cannot be in DC but still want to participate, the Memorial Fund has two unique opportunities:

  • Take part in a free, live Internet webcast of the Candlelight Vigil, presented in partnership with Webcast participants can share their thoughts in a live online chat session during the ceremony. Register now for this free online event.

  • Light a Virtual CandleLight a virtual candle and leave a tribute message in honor of a fallen law enforcement hero. Light your virtual candle today—it will remain lit throughout National Police Week.

Footnote: View the list of all 324 officers whose newly engraved names will be formally dedicated on the Memorial during the Candlelight Vigil. 

Full Slate of Events Planned for National Police Week in DC
National Police Week 2010

The roar of motorcycles passing the U.S. Capitol and entering the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial can mean only one thing: National Police Week is under way in our nation’s capital. The 15th Annual Law Ride on Sunday, May 9, will help kick off a week of events and observances honoring America’s law enforcement officers, in particular those heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The week will feature the 22nd Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 at the Memorial and Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15. For more information, including a schedule of events and other information about visiting Washington, DC, go to

Footnote: Most years, American flags are flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day (Public Law 103-322). However, because May 15, 2010, is also Armed Forces Day, flags should be flown at full-staff this year.

Law Enforcement Fatalities Reach 50-Year Low in 2009

Total Fatalities: 1959-2009Of the 324 officers  added this year to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, 116 died in the line of duty during 2009. That was the lowest number since 1959, when there were 109. Between 2008 and 2009, law enforcement fatalities declined by 16 percent, largely driven by a sharp, 28 percent reduction in the number of officers killed in traffic-related incidents. However, the number of officers killed by gunfire rose last year, from 40 in 2008 to 49 in 2009. These and other 2009 statistics are detailed in the Memorial Fund’s latest Research Bulletin, “A Tale of Two Trends.”

Footnote: Unfortunately, law enforcement fatalities are on the rise again this year—an increase of more than 40 percent. Get the latest statistics on our website.

A Special Salute to Our Nation's Corrections Officers
19th Annual Corrections Wreathlaying, Honor Guard

From the beginning, the service and sacrifice of America’s corrections officers have been an integral part of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Today, 565 corrections professionals who made the ultimate sacrifice are remembered on the Memorial walls. To honor these heroes, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments hosted the 19th Annual Corrections Officers Wreath Laying Ceremony and Honor Guard Competition on Saturday, May 1, at the Memorial grounds. The event helped to kick off National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, which runs immediately before National Police Week, from May 2-8. Read more and view photos from the ceremony on our Blog.

National Police Week Retail Center

To better serve our visitors during National Police Week, the Memorial Fund will operate a special and more spacious National Police Week Retail Center. This is your one-stop shopping location for National Police Week apparel, patches, coins, badges and more. The Retail Center will be located just one-half block east of the Memorial, at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 E Street, NW.

And while you’re there, please stop by our Visitor Resource Center within the church hall. There, you can learn more about the Memorial and plans for the National Law Enforcement Museum; get involved in our programs and events; and even meet the authors of some of the fascinating books offered in the Retail Center. For more information about the National Police Week Retail Center, including extended hours of operation, please visit our website.

Footnote: The Memorial Fund’s regular Visitors Center & Store, located at 400 7th Street, NW, will be closed during National Police Week. And we will be unable to accept phone orders for merchandise during this time.

MAY 2010

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National Law Enforcement Museum Update
Groundbreaking for the National Law Enforcement Museum will take place on October 14, 2010. The groundbreaking ceremony will be followed by a gala celebration that evening at the National Building Museum. The 55,000-square-foot, mostly underground Museum is scheduled to open directly across from the Memorial in late 2013. For more information, visit

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