To honor fallen officers, their families and agencies, Joe will be attending the 2021 National Police Weekend in Washington D.C. this week.
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, which pays special recognition to 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 in Michigan and at the national level in Washington D.C., honoring those who died in the line of duty. Most in-person events will take place after the official dates of Police Week, May 9-15, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
National Police Week host organizers made the difficult, but necessary decision to postpone in-person events during Police Week May 9- 15, 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Most in-person Police Week events were rescheduled to Oct. 13-17, 2021 in Washington D.C. This decision was based on the inability to secure necessary permits in time due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Listed below are the rescheduled Police Week events:
OCTOBER 2021 NATIONAL POLICE WEEKEND WASHINGTON D.C. EVENTS
Saturday, Oct. 9: Run for the Badge 5K — 9 a.m. Thousands of walkers and runners will meet in Washington D.C. or participate virtually in the 5K run/walk to support law enforcement.
Wednesday, Oct. 13: Blue Honor Gala — October 13th - 6:30 p.m. Formal event for law enforcement, survivors and peer supporters honoring our fallen heroes.
Thursday, Oct. 14: Blue Family Brunch — 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA for those who registered through C.O.P.S. Survivors are encouraged to attend to meet other survivors before main events begin.
NLEOMF Candlelight Vigil — 6 p.m. National Mall. Honoring fallen officers whose names were engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall in 2020 and 2021.
Friday, Oct. 15: C.O.P.S. National Police Survivors’ Conference – Family Members and Friends — 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA. Gather for support and understanding from other survivors, attend seminar sessions, and inspirational presentations on hope and survival.
C.O.P.S. National Police Survivors’ Conference – Co-Workers — 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. DoubleTree Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Dr., Arlington, VA for surviving co-workers to meet others who understand how they feel, attend seminar sessions, and inspirational presentations on hope and survival.
C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Program — 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at local law enforcement academies. Fallen officers’ children, step-children and siblings in K-12th grade attend grief counseling sessions designed for their needs and age-appropriate fun and social activities at local and federal law enforcement academies.
C.O.P.S. Day Care Program — 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA. Surviving children, step-children and siblings infant through preschool (up to age 6) can attend the C.O.P.S. Day Care Program while adults are in seminar sessions.
Destination Zero Conference - Officer Safety and Wellness — 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. National Law Enforcement Museum by invitation only and livestreamed. Sessions will focus on general and traffic safety, wellness and resiliency.
Picnic on the Patio — 6 - 9 p.m. Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA. BBQ dinner with games, music, and more for survivors of all ages to relax and be together.
28th Annual TOP COPS Awards — 6:30 p.m. Awards Reception with Dinner and Awards Ceremony from 7-11 p.m. at Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Destination Zero National Safety and Wellness Awards Ceremony — 7-8 p.m. National Law Enforcement Museum by invitation only and livestreamed. The ceremony recognizes 2021 awards recipients for exceptional programs designed to keep officers safe and healthy.
Saturday, Oct. 16: FOP 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service — Noon on the West Front Lawn of the United States Capitol. Honoring fallen officers who were to be honored in May 2020 and May 2021.
Stand Watch for the Fallen — 2 p.m. - Midnight EDT at National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Honor Guards from throughout the U.S. will stand vigil at the Memorial to honor the fallen.
Wreath Laying Ceremony — 2-3 p.m. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. After the National Peace Officers Memorial Service, the Grand Lodge FOP and FOP Auxiliary will proceed to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for the ceremony.
Sunday, Oct. 17: 30th Anniversary Commemoration — 9 -10:30 a.m. EDT National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Ceremony to commemorate three decades of honoring the sacrifices of 22,611 officers and their families, friends and coworkers.