In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
This year our very own Manor officers participated in the time-honored tradition in Washington, DC. They attended various events including a tour of the White House, parade at the Marines Barracks 8th & I, Tent City, National Law Enforcement Memorial, 2018 Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall as well as multiple other smaller events held by various law enforcement organizations. The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park with approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which as attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation’s Capital each year. The National Peace Officers Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees.
The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement. In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other. Thanks to Riata Ford’s generous donation, the Manor Police Department was able to represent Manor in our nation’s capital and the men and women who put themselves in harm’s way every day.