Remembering National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day

A proclamation issued by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 declared May 15 as National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. In 1982, the Auxiliary initiated the first annual service to remember the line-of-duty deaths of those who serve the law enforcement profession. Approximately 125 people in attendance at Senate Park in Washington, D.C., listened as the keynote speaker, Assistant U.S. Attorney General Kenneth Starr, honored the memory of the 76 officers who lost their lives in the performance of their law enforcement duties.

On May 15 of every year, the Grand Lodge Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Police, together with the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, memorializes officers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the previous year. Thousands of police officers, survivors, families and friends gather on the lawn of the United States Capitol to honor those fallen heroes.

Auxiliary committee members work year-round planning a service that will honor the memory of the fallen officers. As May approaches, many Auxiliary members from all parts of the country come together in Washington, D.C., to work tirelessly to assure that surviving family members will participate in a service of tribute to their loved ones.

For more information on current and past year services, please visit

Contact: Julie Black, Chair, Auxiliary Memorial Committee

Article National Fraternal Order of Police

As posted by the site

"Washington, (March 10, 2021) - Host organizations of National Police Week, which include the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum, the Fraternal Order of Police and Auxiliary (FOP), and Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S), have made the difficult but necessary decision, due to the ongoing pandemic, to postpone in-person events of National Police Week to October 13-17, 2021, in Washington, D.C. The rescheduling of the originally planned events to be held May 11-16, 2021, is due to the inability to secure necessary permits in time for in-person gatherings due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions."

We will keep you up to date as we learn more information on the schedule of the  ceremony held here in Arizona.

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