The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) has announced more virtual events are being planned for National Police Week 2020, May 10-16, 2020, and that 2019 officers, who died in the line of duty, will be traditionally honored in 2021.

An earlier announced Virtual Candlelight Vigil on May 13 will take the place of the 32nd Annual Candlelight Vigil traditionally held in Washington DC. The Virtual Candlelight Vigil will formally dedicate the names of the 2019 fallen law enforcement officers and those who died earlier in history, who have not yet been recognized.

An interactive virtual event will also be hosted by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) on May 14. Fraternal Order of Police will host a Memorial Video Event on May 15. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is expected to announce more about these and other 2020 virtual events. As more details become available they will be listed below.

Additionally, NLEOMF annouced that the organizations who plan the main events of National Police Week will be honoring 2019 and 2020 officers who died in line of duty during 2021 National Police Week. This decision was made so all surviving family members and co-workers have the opportunity to honor the fallen in Washington DC.

2020 NATIONAL POLICE WEEK (May 10-16, 2020) - VIRTUAL EVENTS LISTING

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By Jennifer Gomori, MAP Editor

With President Donald Trump directing the nation to practice social distancing, imposed business and governmentPoliceWeekUniform w flowers building closures and large events canceled nationwide due to COVID-19, state and national Police Week events set for May have also been canceled.

Police Week 2020 is May 10-16 and many events were planned in and around Washington DC, including the 32nd Annual Candlelight Vigil, which draws some 30,000 visitors annually.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial instead will formally dedicate the names of the 2019 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty and those who died earlier in history, who have yet to be recognized, during a virtual Candlelight Vigil on May 13.

“The current crisis that our nation and the world is facing has resulted in the cancelation of public gatherings in DC during National Police Week 2020,” said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Marcia Ferranto. “We will not let this crisis deter us from honoring the fallen. We plan to march forward in solidarity with a virtual Candlelight Vigil and the reading of the names that can be watched from anywhere in the world. Then, as the future becomes more certain and the end of the crisis is near, we will begin to make plans for an in-person reading of names to honor our fallen officers."

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