We thank Emmet County’s Finest
This week marks the 58th year of honoring heroes for National Police Week. It’s a collaborative effort among the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary, and Concerns of Police Survivors. 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.
Due to COVID-19, the annual memorial service and walk for fallen officers in Washington, DC was cancelled.
Monday starts a virtual version of the National Police Survivors Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens, which allows surviving family and co-workers opportunities to learn about grief and coping and build connections.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation’s Capital each year.
The National Peace Officers Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement. In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other.
Blue ribbons tied to car antennas serve as a reminder to the public that many law enforcement officers have paid the ultimate price and given their lives in the line of duty. It also honors the officers who, day and night, stand guard in our communities.
Here in Emmet County, our officers protect the public and investigate crime. In a small population, rural environment, they must sometimes have the tough challenge of arresting someone they know, and the tougher challenge of approaching a vehicle not knowing what to expect.
We are grateful for the opportunity to thank our local police officers for their sacrifices and hard work.