Thousands of law enforcement officers and their families from around the country will come to our nation’s capital beginning on May 12 for the start of the 55th annual Police Week, to honor the memory of more than 20,000 brave men and women who have fallen in the line of duty.
One of the highlights of the week will be the annual Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall, where thousands of police officers and fellow citizens will gather, as they have every year since 1991, to pay tribute to the fallen and ensure that they are never forgotten. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is the nation’s monument to fallen law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Soon, the National Law Enforcement Museum will teach visitors about the law enforcement profession and provide an opportunity to learn more about the men and women who serve.
The Museum’s Stand With Honor campaign is an important element of the Museum and will highlight the stories of Stand With Honor members. These stories of courage and heroism are part of the fabric of law enforcement and must be told so that visitors can gain a better understanding of law enforcement.
This Museum, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2018, will not only honor the history of law enforcement and educate the public about the role law enforcement officers play in securing a safe and just society, it will also provide a space for a range of voices to come together to discuss and forge mutual understandings on relevant law enforcement issues of the day.
Since Congress approved construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum in November of 2000, many of those in the law enforcement community have worked tirelessly to make certain the Museum reflects the past, present, and future of law enforcement and the issues that are faced each day. Substantial progress has been made, but the Museum also needs the help of the community to make it a success.
Please visit StandWithHonor.us and join the National Law Enforcement Museum’s Honor Alliance. When you join the Honor Alliance, you are helping to ensure that your, and your fellow officers’, legacy is preserved. One of the ways the Museum will succeed is by collecting and sharing as many real stories of honor as possible from law enforcement officers so that law enforcement lives of yesterday, today, and tomorrow will live on forever.
Whether you join the Honor Alliance for yourself as an active or retired officer, honor another officer as a gift or in memoriam, or join as a law enforcement organization, the Honor Alliance is truly a testament to making the Museum a place that represents America’s entire law enforcement community — a place where officers can ultimately leave their mark on law enforcement history.