1811 Magazine Summer 2011 : Page 17

NATIONAL POLICE WEEK CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Twenty years later, in 1982, the first Peace Officers Memorial Service was held in Washington, DC’s Senate Park. Approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement attended the event. This year, National Police Week brought thousands of law enforcement officers and their families and friends to Washington, DC to honor the service and memory of those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. These officers and their survivors deserve our thanks and the promise that their sacrifice will always be remembered. On May 13, 2011, the names of 316 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty were formally dedicated to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (NLEOM) during the memorial’s Annual Candlelight Vigil. 152 of those officers made the sacrifice in 2010; nine of them were federal agents. According to the NLEOMF, the number of line of duty deaths in 2010 increased by 22% over the 2009 deaths. Unfortunately, the number of officers killed in the line of duty in 2011 is on the increase. According to the Officer Down Memorial page, as of this writing 70 officers have already made the sacrifice this year; that is an 11% increase over last year. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. was the keynote speaker at the Candlelight Vigil. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, keynote speaker for the Candlelight Vigil stated, “As we read the names of these fallen heroes – and reflect on their legacies – we are reminded that our safety and security often comes at a terrible price. And while no words, no ceremony, and no salute can relieve this burden – we can, and we must, ensure that their sacrifices were not made in vain.” U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. led the lighting of candles and reading of the fallen officers’ names during the 23rd Annual Candlelight Vigil. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Linda Moon-Gregory, national president of the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), also participated in the annual tribute to officers who have died in the line of duty. “The safety of our communities and the freedoms we enjoy as a nation have always come at a price,” said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the NLEOMF. National Director of Administration Tim Chard reads the names of the fallen officers from Utah. Survivors left thousands of mementos near the names of their loved ones on the NLEOM wall. President Jon Adler reads the fallen officers at the candlelight vigil. 1811 SUMMER 2011 -17

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