Communities across the United States will come together during National Police Week May 13 – May 19 to honor those who serve and protect us. This week will also be used to remember law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers that they left behind.
Fallen officers from Henderson, Kentucky will be remembered during Police Week. Service will be held Monday, May 14th at 5:30 in Fiscal Court Room on the third floor of the Henderson County Courthouse. This event is hosted by the Henderson Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #9.
This year, the names of 360 fallen officers who died in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 360 officers include 129 officers who were killed during 2017, including 231 officers who died in previous years but who stories of sacrifice have been lost to history until recently.
The names of all 360 fallen officers were dedicated during the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13th, 2018 to beheld on the National Mall between 4th and 7th streets. The Candlelight Vigil is one of many ceremonies taking place in the nation’s capital during National Police Week 2018. The national observance is organized by a group of organizations led by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.
On May 15th each year, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary host a ceremony on the west steps of the U.S. capitol building to honor fallen officers and their families.
In tribute to American law enforcement officers and at the request of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Public Law 103-322 designates May 15th National Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is one of only two days each year during which government agencies, businesses and residents are to fly their U.S. flags at half staff.
For more information about National Police Week, please visit www.LawMemorial.org/policeweek.