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National Police Week events in Washington D.C. canceled in response to COVID-19

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 19, 2020

Update: A decision has been made to honor current fallen officers alongside those who will be honored during the traditional 2021 National Police Week events in Washington D.C. The organizations who plan the main events of National Police Week made this decision so all surviving family members and co-workers have the opportunity to honor the fallen in Washington D.C.

Virtual Candlelight Vigil, other virtual events planned in 2020

– Excerpted from National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund

With large public gatherings around the nation being canceled or postponed in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, public gatherings have been canceled during National Police Week in Washington, DC.

Traditionally, over 30,000 first responders, law enforcement supporters and surviving families attend the Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall. Special remarks and the names of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 were planned to be read aloud during the vigil. Many other events in and around DC were planned to celebrate Police Week May 10-16, 2020.

Instead, the names of the 2019 fallen in the line of duty, along with officers who died earlier in history, but whose sacrifice had not been previously documented, will be formally dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during a virtual Candlelight Vigil May 13.

An interactive virtual event will also be hosted by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) on May 14. Fraternal Order of Police will host a Memorial Video Event on May 15.  The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is expected to announce other 2020 events as well.

“The current crisis that our nation and the world is facing has resulted in the cancellation of public gatherings in DC during National Police Week 2020,” said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Marcia Ferranto. “We will not let this crisis deter us from honoring the fallen. We plan to march forward in solidarity with a virtual Candlelight Vigil and the reading of the names that can be watched from anywhere in the world. Then, as the future becomes more certain and the end of the crisis is near, we will begin to make plans for an in-person reading of names to honor our fallen officers.”

In an email to law enforcement nationwide, Ferranto wrote, “You have our commitment that the fallen will not be forgotten, and we will not rest until they have received the honor that they so rightfully deserve. We hope that you and your family remain safe and healthy. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our active law enforcement officers who continue to risk their own health and wellbeing for the safety and wellness of others.”


With the Michigan Capitol building closed to tours and events through May 1 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 27th Annual Michigan Peace Officers’ Candlelight Memorial Service, originally set for May 4, was canceled.

The first event for Police Week Michigan, a new group organized to encourage citizen support of Michigan police officers, was also canceled. However, the group strongly encourages citizen support of officers, especially now during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for more information.

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