Washington, DC—The names of 371 U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty will be formally dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during the 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil held on the National Mall between 7th and 12th streets in Washington, DC, at 8:00 pm on Monday, May 13, 2019. U.S. Attorney General William Barr will deliver special remarks and lead in reading the names of the fallen officers. The names of 371 officers added to the Memorial this year include 158 who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2018, in addition to 213 officers who died earlier in history but whose sacrifice had not been previously documented.
With these additions, there are 21,910 officers’ names engraved on the Memorial, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, federal law enforcement, and military police agencies.
31st Annual Candlelight Vigil Includes musical tributes, special remarks and reading of 371 names as they are dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Register for live webcast at www.nleomf.org/vigil.
Monday, May 13, 2019—8:00 pm EDT Media representatives must arrive and check in before 2:30 pm. See credentialing information below.
National Mall Between 7th and 12th streets Washington, DC
William Barr U.S. Attorney General
Kevin McAleenan Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Cheryl Schultz National President of Concerns of Police Survivors
John Ashcroft Memorial Fund Chairman of the Board
Lori Sharpe Day Memorial Fund Interim Chief Executive Officer
Each May 13, an estimated 30,000 people assemble for the Candlelight Vigil, a signature event of National Police Week. For the 11th year, the ceremony will be streamed live over the Internet so that everyone can witness this annual tribute to America’s law enforcement officers. Individuals interested in the free webcast can register online at www.nleomf.org/vigil.
“The annual Candlelight Vigil allows us to honor the officers who sacrificed their lives for the protection of ours,” said Lori Sharpe Day, Interim Chief Executive Officer of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “By attending the ceremony in person or by viewing it online, we are able to show support for the families of these brave men and women who serve.”
The names of the 371 officers added to the National Memorial this year can be found at www.LawMemorial.org/2019RollCall. For a complete schedule of National Police Week events in Washington, DC, visit www.LawMemorial.org/PoliceWeek.
MEDIA CREDENTIALS: Media representatives planning to cover the Candlelight Vigil are asked to register for credentials in advance. Go to www.LawMemorial.org/credentials for details.
Media check-in will open at noon on May 13 and will be located on Jefferson Drive SW between 7th and 12th Streets. Please look for the Media Check-in tent. Media representatives must first check in to pick up credentials before accessing the site. Space on the media riser is limited to one (1) credentialed representative per media outlet. All media equipment must be in place prior to the sweep scheduled to begin at 2:30 pm. Equipment may not be left unattended at any time other than during the sweep. Parking is extremely limited. If you require a satellite truck to conduct live shots from the Vigil, please contact Robyn Small, 202-737-8524 or [email protected], to reserve and receive a parking location for your vehicle.
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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 21,910 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund has opened the new National Law Enforcement Museum, which tells the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience. The Museum is working to expand and enrich the relationship shared by law enforcement and the community through the Museum’s educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.