Held each May during National Police Week, the Candlelight Vigil honors all law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. During this year’s vigil, the names of more than 320 officers newly engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial will be read aloud and formally dedicated on the nation’s monument to law enforcement sacrifice.
“While we certainly invite all supporters of law enforcement to attend the Candlelight Vigil in person, we also recognize that not everyone can make it to Washington, DC, for this special ceremony,” said NLEOMF Chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd. “Thanks to our partnership with Officer.com, we will once again be able to bring the emotion and power of the vigil to people across the country and around the world through the webcast.”
The Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is one of the signature events of National Police Week. Each May 13, thousands of family members, law enforcement officers and supporters pack the Memorial grounds for this special tribute to fallen officers.
In 2009, close to 6,000 people registered for the live webcast offered by the NLEOMF and Officer.com. In addition to viewing the ceremony, which includes musical tributes, remarks by the Attorney General of the United States, a laser light show and more, webcast participants were able to take part in a live online chat session. That feature will be included in this year’s webcast as well.
“Every day in this country, law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. One way in which Americans can show their gratitude and respect for these brave men and women is by attending the Candlelight Vigil in person or by viewing the ceremony over the webcast.”