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Register to watch May 13th National Police Week virtual Candlelight Vigil

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 19, 2020


– Excerpted from National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund

National Police Week is being celebrated this week with a virtual Candlelight Vigil and all are encouraged to register to watch the free broadcast event May 13.

Traditionally, over 30,000 first responders, law enforcement supporters and surviving families attend the Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall in Washington DC. However, due to COVID-19 public health crisis, public gatherings have been canceled during National 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 at 8 p.m. ET May 13. The 2020 ceremony will include special remarks by more than 50 guests. The names of the 307 fallen that will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this year will be read aloud. Those tuning into the vigil can also visit a web app to view the full list of fallen officers, with their name, rank and photo.

Those who wish to honor a fallen officer may do by lighting a virtual candle with a personal message of respect, honor, or remembrance. Once you submit your gift, a thank you page will appear in your browser with a link to a form to create your message. Your personal message will be posted on NLEOMF’s UNITED BY LIGHT tribute wall, and you can share your message via social media with family and friends. Click here to donate by lighting a virtual candle.

The vigil will be broadcast via Verizon Media’s BUILD by Yahoo series and on its social platforms Facebook and Twitter, @VZUpToSpeed, as well as on LawMemorial.org and the Memorial’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter platforms.

An interactive Memory Board video/watch party will also be hosted by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) on Facebook at 7 p.m. May 14. Fraternal Order of Police will host a Memorial Video Event on May 15.

“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.”

A decision has been made to honor 2019 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.

MICHIGAN EVENTS CANCELED

With the Michigan Capitol building closed to tours and events 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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