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National Police Week 2018: HOnoring and Remembering our Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

National Police Week 2018: HOnoring and Remembering our Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

Bill Stephens, Web Editor

May 9th, 2018

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Henderson, KY – Again this year, communities across the United States will come together during National Police Week—May 13-19—to honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.

This year, the names of 360 officers killed 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, plus 231 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.

All fallen law enforcement officers from Henderson will be remembered during Police Week services being held Monday, May 14th at 5:30 in the 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.

The names of all 360 fallen officers nationwide will be formally dedicated during the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, 2018 to be held on the National Mall between 4th and 7th streets. So that people across the country can experience this unique and powerful ceremony, the vigil will be webcast live over the Internet beginning at 8 pm (EDT) on May 13th. To register for this free online event, visit www.LawMemorial.org/webcast.

The Candlelight Vigil is one of many commemorative events 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 to honor fallen law enforcement 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.

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