In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, National Police Week. National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Listed below are the events planned at the national level in Washington D.C. as well as Michigan's Peace Officers' Candlelight Memorial Service, honoring those who died in the line of duty. Many events will take place before the official dates of Police Week in 2018.

May 7 — Michigan

Monday, May 7: 25th Annual Michigan Peace Officers’ Candlelight Memorial Service — 7 p.m. east steps of Lansing State Capitol, 100 North Capitol Avenue. Contact Denise Scarbrough, Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors President at (877) 464-2677 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

May 13-19 — Washington D.C.

Tuesday, May 1: 24th Annual Blue Mass — 12:10 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 619 Tenth Street, NW (10th & G Streets). Call (202) 347-2713 or visit www.saintpatrickdc.org

Monday, May 7: 39th Annual Washington Area Law Enforcement Memorial Service — 11:30 a.m. in front of the Memorial Fountain, 300 Indiana Ave., NW. Those interested in volunteering or attending the service, email Patty Sucato at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, May 12: 12th Annual National Police Week 5k — 9 a.m. 601 4th Street, NW, adjacent to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. www.nationalpoliceweek5k.com

  • Police Unity Tour Arrival Ceremony — 2 p.m. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Call (973) 443-0030, email Jimmy Waldron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.policeunitytour.com
  • Philly to D.C. Memorial Run — Depart May 12 from Philadelphia Navy Yard. Arrival at 12:00 p.m. May 14 at the center of National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial off F Street. Run to honor fallen officers. Contact Jim Harrity at (610) 633-2685 or Tim Hoagland at (609) 929-1626.

Sunday, May 13: 23rd Annual Law Ride & Wreath Laying Ceremony — Line up begins at 8 a.m. with kick stands up at 10:45 a.m. from RFK Stadium/Armory, 19th and East Capitol St., NE to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for wreath laying and presentations 11 a.m.-noon. Contact JD Perkins at (240) 463-3294 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sly Barnes at (202) 957-1100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.lawride.com

  • 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil — 8 p.m. No tickets required and everyone is welcome. Vigil will be held the National Mall between 4th and 7th streets, NW. Call (202) 737-3400. A reading of the newly engraved names immediately follows ceremony. To watch the vigil webcast, visit www.nleomf.org/candle-light-vigil-wall/
  • FOP D.C. Lodge #1 Daily Events (Day 1 of 3) — 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Lot 8 at RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capital Street SE. Includes vendors, bar, food, music and entertainment. Pipe bands required to check in with security before playing.

Monday, May 14: National Police Survivors’ Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens (Day 1 of 2) — 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for surviving family, co-workers and law enforcement. Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA. School aged children of fallen officers take part in activities tailored for their age at Quantico. Advanced registration required. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (573) 346-4911 or visit www.nationalcops.org

  • 17th Annual National Honor Guard Competition and Pipe Band Competition — 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. at Capitol Reflection Pool west of Grant Statue on west side of U.S. Capitol. Email Ken Roske at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.policeweekhonorguard.com
  • Department of Interior Annual Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Ceremony — 11 a.m. Main Interior Building, 1849 C Street, NW. Bison Bistro Special Event Space, Basement Level. Honoring the memory of all Department of Interior Officers who have died in the line of duty. RSVP SSA Misty Lakota (202) 208-6333 or Maureen Woods (202) 208-6319.
  • Philly to D.C. Memorial Run — Depart May 12 from Philadelphia Navy Yard. Arrival at 12:00 p.m. May 14 at the center of National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial off F Street. Run to honor fallen officers. Contact Jim Harrity at (610) 633-2685 or Tim Hoagland at (609) 929-1626.
  • FOP D.C. Lodge #1 Daily Events (Day 2 of 3) — 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Lot 8 at RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capital Street SE. Includes vendors, bar, food, music and entertainment. Pipe bands required to check in with security before playing.
  • Standing Watch for the Fallen Flag Ceremony — 1:30 p.m. Presentation of state and departmental flags, commencing honor guard rotations. Contact Brian Lacey, (202) 737-7138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kaitlin Gilbride, (202) 737-8528 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Annual Emerald Society & Pipeband March and Service — 5-8:15 p.m. assemble at New Jersey Avenue and F Street, NW (near Union Station) at 5 p.m. Begin March at 6 p.m. to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, where memorial service will be held 7-8:15 p.m. Contact Lr. John Vize (914) 438-6104 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.nclees.org

  • 25th Annual NAPO TOP COPS Awards Banquet — 6:30 p.m. Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW. Advanced registration. Contact Elizabeth Loranger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (703) 549-0775.

Tuesday, May 15: 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Services — 11 a.m. West Front, U.S. Capitol. Service expected to last about two hours. www.policeweek.org or contact Lou Cannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Linda Hennie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • FOP/FOPA Wreath Laying Ceremony — Approximately 30 minutes following Memorial Service at National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, 400 block E. Street, NW. www.policeweek.org or contact Lou Cannon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Linda Hennie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • FOP D.C. Lodge #1 Daily Events (Day 3 of 3) — 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Lot 8 at RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capital Street SE. Includes vendors, bar, food, music and entertainment. No pipe bands allowed to play at site May 15.
  • NAPO Legislative Seminar Breakfast & Lobby Day — 9 a.m. Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW. Advanced registration required. Contact Elizabeth Loranger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (703) 549-0775.

Wednesday, May 16: National Police Survivors’ Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens (Day 2 of 2) — 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for surviving family, co-workers and law enforcement. Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA. School aged children of fallen officers take part in activities tailored for their age at Quantico. Advanced registration required. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (573) 346-4911 or visit www.nationalcops.org

  • C.O.P.S. Picnic on the Patio — 6-9 p.m. for surviving family, co-workers and law enforcement. Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA. Advanced registration required. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (573) 346-4911 or visit www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org