In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation that set aside May 15th as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and the week of May 15th as National Police Week.
Schedule of Events
May 3, 2011—12:10 pm
The Blue Mass will be held at 12:10 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (10th & G Streets, N.W., Washington, DC).
May 7, 2011—10:00 am
Join us at the 20th Anniversary of the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony, which will wrap up National Correctional Employees Week. Sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Corrections Chiefs Committee, the Wreath Laying Ceremony honors those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The ceremony will also be followed by an Honor Guard competition, featuring teams from local jurisdictions.
May 8, 2011—9:00 am
16th Annual LawRide — Line up at RFK Stadium (Lot 8) – Procession leaves for National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at 11 am; arrival ceremony follows.
May 9, 2011—11:00 am
The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the memorial fountain in front of the Metropolitan Police Headquarters building at 300 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC. The service is co-sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police, DC Lodge #1 and the Washington DC Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (DC-COPS) and hosted by the Metropolitan Police Department.
May 13, 2011—8:00 am – 1:00 pm
National Police Challenge 50-Kilometer Relay Race – Secret Service Training Center in Laurel, MD.
May 13, 2011—8:00 pm
23nd Annual Candlelight Vigil – National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
May 14, 2011—8:30 am
The demonstration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at John Marshall Plaza, located on Pennsylvania Ave NW at 4th Street, N.W. Awards will be presented immediately following the demonstration. This event is sponsored by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police.
May 14, 2011—8:30 am
9th Annual Steve Young Honor Guard Competition – John Marshall Park (Pennsylvania Avenue at 4th Street, N.W.)
May 14, 2011—9:00 am
5th Annual National Police Week 5K – 5K assembly area will be at FBI Washington Field Office, 601 4th Street, N.W.
May 14, 2011—4:30 pm
17th Annual Emerald Society & Pipeband March and Service – Assemble at New Jersey Avenue and F Street, N.W. – Begin march to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at 6 pm.
May 15, 2011—9:00 am
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
May 15, 2011—11:00 am
30th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day Services – West Front, U.S. Capitol.
May 15, 2011- (See below)
Wreathlaying Ceremony – Fraternal Order of Police/FOP Auxiliary – National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (immediately following the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol).
(SOURCE: National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Fund website.)