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5/14/2018 - NATIONAL POLICE WEEK 2018:
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HONORING AND REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
Greensburg Again this year, communities across the United States will come together during National Police WeekMay 13-19to 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.
It is an honor and privilege for me to serve with the dedicated professionals of the Greensburg Police Department. These fine men are the people who make our organization exceptional and are dedicated and most respected, Greensburg Police Chief Brendan Bridges said. Through our staffs dedicated efforts and courteous service, we strive to enhance the quality of life within our community on a daily basis.
The names of all 360 fallen officers nationwide were formally dedicated during the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil held last night on the National Mall.
The Candlelight Vigil is one of many commemorative events taking place in the nations 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.
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