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National Police Week

Sunday, May 11 through Saturday, May 17

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

View the full roll call of names of the 286 fallen law enforcement heroes added to the Memorial this year.

Police Week Schedule

26th Annual Candlelight Vigil
May 13, 2014—8:00 pm
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

Standing Watch for the Fallen Flag Ceremony
May 14, 2014—3:00 pm
Presentation of U.S. Honor Flag along with state and departmental flags, commencing the honor guard rotations.

20th Annual Emerald Society & Pipeband March and Service
May 14, 2014—4:30 pm
Assemble at New Jersey Avenue and F Street, NW – Step-off promptly at 6:00 pm. March will proceed to the Memorial.

33rd Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Day Services
May 15, 2014—11:00 am
West Front of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

FOP/FOPA Wreathlaying Ceremony
May 15, 2014—2:30 pm (see below)
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (immediately following ceremony at U.S. Capitol)

National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America's law enforcement community. The principal organizers of National Police Week include:

  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), which sponsors the annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
    Phone: (202) 737-3400

  • Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA), which organize the Peace Officers Memorial Day Service at the U.S. Capitol.

  • Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), which holds the National Police Survivors' Conference.
    Phone: (573) 346-4911
    First year survivors, call: (800) 784-2677

Thank you to all our sponsors!

Memorial Fund National Police Week events and activities are supported, in part, by a generous contribution from Target®.