|National Police Week 2011: A Time to Rebuild Shattered Lives|
by Brooke McKay, C.O.P.S. Marketing Coordinator
Since President John Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 in 1962, May 15 has been National Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the calendar week containing May 15 has been designated National Police Week.
National events are held in Washington, DC, for National Police Week to pay special tribute to the fallen heroes who have lost their lives in the line of duty and provide support for the surviving family members and affected co-workers. Law enforcement survivors will travel from across the country to honor their loved one at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service and to find strong peer support at the National Police Survivors' Conference where they can be with others who truly understand.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will present its annual Candlelight Vigil on Friday, May 13, at the Memorial. The newly-engraved names on the Wall of Remembrance will be read to the thousands who attend the event.
On Saturday, May 14, and Monday, May 16, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) will hold the National Police Survivors' Conference, where surviving family members and affected co-workers can attend seminar sessions addressing grief and rebuilding lives after tragedy. While the adults are in seminar sessions, the surviving children attend C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens activities at local law enforcement academies.
Sunday, May 15, the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary, will be held at the west front of the United States Capitol. At the event, families of officers who have died in the line of duty during the previous year will place a flower in a memory wreath when their loved one's name is called.
While honoring and remembering our fallen officers is vitally important, it is just as important to help the surviving family members make their grief journey in as healthy a way as possible. Concerns of Police Survivors is the organization that provides healing, love, and life renewed to thousands of law enforcement survivors, helping them rebuild their shattered lives.
C.O.P.S. is a national non-profit organization comprised of 15,000 law enforcement families, all of whom have lost a loved one in the line of duty while serving the law enforcement profession. There are no dues for the organization's members; the price paid is already too high. C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 by 110 law enforcement survivors at the Second National Police Survivors' Conference.
Visit www.nationalcops.org for more information.