Fallen Law Enforcement Officers to be Honored During 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil

The names of 360 US 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 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil held on the National Mall between 4th and 7th streets in Washington, DC, at 8:00 pm on May 13, 2018.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will deliver special remarks and lead in candle lighting and reading the names of the fallen officers. The names of 360 officers added to the Memorial this year include 129 who made the ultimate sacrifice during 2017, in addition to 231 officers who died earlier in history but whose sacrifice had not been previously documented.

With these additions, there are 21,541 officers’ names engraved on the Memorial, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, federal law enforcement, and military police agencies.

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WHAT: 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil
Includes musical tributes, special remarks and reading of 360 names as they are dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Live webcast is available through www.UnitedByLight.org.

WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 2018—8:00 pm EDT
Media representatives must arrive and check in before 2:30 pm.
See credentialing information below.

WHERE: National Mall
Between 4th and 7th streets
Washington, DC

Jeff Sessions
U.S. Attorney General

Kirstjen Nielsen
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

Cheryl Schultz
National President of Concerns of Police Survivors

John Ashcroft
Memorial Fund Chairman of the Board

Craig W. Floyd
Memorial Fund Chief Executive Officer

Each May 13, an estimated 20,000 people assemble for the Candlelight Vigil, a signature event of National Police Week. For the tenth 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.UnitedByLight.org.

“The annual Candlelight Vigil allows participants and guests to be surrounded by the strength and support of the law enforcement community, as we honor the officers who sacrificed their lives for the protection of ours,” said Craig W. Floyd, chief executive officer of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “By attending the ceremony in person or by viewing it online, Americans can show their appreciation for the officers who serve and protect their communities.”

The names of the 360 officers added to the National Memorial this year can be found at www.lawmemorial.org/2018rollcall. For a complete schedule of National Police Week events in Washington, DC, visit www.lawmemorial.org/policeweek.


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