|Law Enforcement United Continues to Help C.O.P.S. Build the Road to Hope|
As 265 bicyclists arrived at the Pentagon Memorial in Washington, DC, on May 12, 2011, there were tears, hugs, and congratulations on completing the strenuous challenge. The bicyclists were all members of Law Enforcement United, an organization of law enforcement officers who are also bicycling enthusiasts, completing a 3-day, 250-mile journey from Chesapeake, Virginia. This was their second annual journey, named the Road to Hope, which focused on supporting Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). "Law Enforcement United is not only committed to honoring fallen officers, but by doing this ride for Concerns of Police Survivors they have acknowledged that recovery of those officers' surviving families should be law enforcement's paramount concern," stated C.O.P.S. National President Linda Moon Gregory.
Law Enforcement United (LEU) riders cycled with flags bearing the pictures of the 2010 fallen officers affixed to their bicycles. Their mission is to honor the service and sacrifice of all law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty and support the survivors left behind, and they feel they can do that best by supporting Concerns of Police Survivors. Since 1984 Concerns of Police Survivors' mission has been to "rebuild the shattered lives" of the surviving family members and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers who have made the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty.
At the Road to Hope arrival ceremony, C.O.P.S. National President Linda Moon Gregory said, "I hope all the riders look around at the survivors during National Police Week and look at all the lives you have touched. We want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. The pain you endured and the contributions you raised for C.O.P.S. will ensure there will never be a cost for survivors to participate in C.O.P.S.' programs, because the price our families have paid is already too high."
A reception was held the following day on May 13, affording LEU riders the opportunity to present the 2010 surviving law enforcement families with the memorial flag flown honoring their fallen officer during the ride.
The LEU donation will help fund the annual weeklong C.O.P.S. Kids Summer Camp that will be held at the Salvation Army Lake Camp in East Troy, Wisconsin, July 25-31, 2011. Camp is for the surviving children ages 6-14 and their parent or legal guardian. Last year, 230 campers attended for the strong peer support, professional grief counseling, and fun outdoor activities. Two LEU members attended the camp in 2010 to see first-hand the support provided for their fallen comrades' children. LEU plans to have members attend Kids Camp 2011 as well.
If you are interested in joining LEU for 2012, visit www.lawenforcementunited.org. To learn more about Concerns of Police Survivors, visit www.nationalcops.org. For more information on Officer Down Memorial Page, visit www.odmp.org.