Police Officer Memorial Closing Some D.C. Roads Today
President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962 which designates May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls on as Police Week. Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers gather in the Washington, DC area during Police Week to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world.
One of the most solemn moments during Police Week is the gathering of officers in Washington, DC where they remember fallen law enforcement heroes from the year prior whose names are added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The video from the 2013 service is above.
Today, as part of the Police Week activities, D.C. Police are hosting the 40th annual Washington Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service, which starts at 11:30 a.m. at DC MPD Headquarters, 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. As such, several roads will be closed around the service. Keep this in mind if you are heading into NW Washington, D.C. today.