In just under a week, officers and their families from all across the country will gather to pay tribute to the fallen and honor those who continue to serve.
Each year our nation loses between 140-160 law enforcement officers in the line of duty. National Police Week (NPW) is held May 11th – 17th each year in Washington, D.C. and honors the service and sacrifice of LEO’s in America. On May 11th and 12th, surviving families and co-workers begin arriving in Washington, D.C. for the events.
On Tuesday evening, Concerns of Police Survivors will present their Blue Honor Gala to celebrate 35 years of community, providing support for those that lost a spouse, child, parent, sibling or friend in the line of duty.
Country star Mark Wills is on the bill to play a private concert and stars from the hit TV show ‘Blue Bloods’ Gregory Jbara and Abigail Hawk are also on the list of attendees. The gala is a black tie/semi-formal event and will offer dinner, drinks, dancing, fellowship and more.
National Police Week began in 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15th as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week. The law was amended by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Public Law 103-322, signed by President Bill Clinton, directing that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff on all government buildings on May 15th each year.
While the actual dates change from year to year, National Police Week is always the calendar week, beginning on Sunday, which includes May 15th.
All are welcome to attend the grand event, including survivors, officers, friends and supporters. Tickets are still available to attend the Blue Honor Gala. For more information or to purchase tickets to the event for yourself or as a gift, click here.
38 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty since the beginning of 2019. The entire National Police Week mission is to pay tribute to those that paid the ultimate sacrifice. The past week has been an especially tough one for the blue family.