March 18, 2020

Dear National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum Community,

Each year on May 13, the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum holds its annual Candlelight Vigil—a signature event of National Police Week in Washington, DC. During the Candlelight Vigil, fallen officers whose names were engraved on the Memorial’s walls that spring are formally dedicated. Held on the National Mall, more than 30,000 individuals attend to light candles in honor of the fallen.

The current crisis that our nation and the world is facing has resulted in the cancelation of public gatherings in DC during National Police Week 2020. The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum wants you to know that this crisis will not deter us from honoring the 2019 fallen. On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, we plan to march forward in solidarity with a virtual Candlelight Vigil and the reading of the names that can be watched from anywhere in the world. Then, as the future becomes more certain and the end of this crisis is near, we will begin to make plans for a live reading of names to honor our 2019 fallen officers. You have our commitment that the fallen will not be forgotten, and we will not rest until they receive the honor that they so rightfully deserve.

We hope that you and your family remain safe and healthy. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our active law enforcement officers who continue to risk their own health and wellbeing for the safety and wellness of others.

With respect,

Marcia Ferranto
Chief Executive Officer

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