Light a Virtual Candle for the Brave Men and Women of Law Enforcement
Celebrating Police Week
By America's Charities on April 27, 2020
On average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 54 hours. Since the first known line-of-duty death in 1786, more than 22,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.
This year is like no other due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. America's Charities and its member, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, recognize that officers on the front lines are increasingly vulnerable to the coronavirus. The Memorial Fund is committed to performing the research required to determine how COVID-19 is impacting line-of-duty deaths. These men and women are true heroes. Click here to honor fallen law enforcement.
The Memorial Fund (along with Concerns of Police Survivors, the Fraternal Order of Police and the FOP Auxiliary) is a principal organizer of National Police Week, the annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice that is held each May in Washington, DC. This year, the current crisis that our nation and the world are facing has resulted in the cancelation of public gatherings in DC during National Police Week 2020. However, nothing will stop the Memorial Fund from making sure that fallen officers will not be forgotten:
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, the annual Candlelight Vigil will be held virtually. They have set a goal to light a virtual candle for each of the 22,217 officers whose names are engraved on the Memorial walls. To participate in their United by Light Campaign:
1. Make an online donation here or through your workplace giving program - choose the gift amount that is appropriate and meaningful for you.
Did you know? One of the most cost-efficient ways you can support these nonprofits is to donate to them via payroll deduction through your employer's workplace giving program (Don't have a program? Click here to have your employer contact our team.)
2. Receive a thank you message with a link to the Virtual Candle Tribute Form.
3. Dedicate a message of hope and healing and light a virtual candle for your law enforcement hero or agency.
4. Visit LawMemorial.org/VirtualCandle to view all the virtual candle tributes and share them with family and friends.
As the future becomes more certain and the end of this crisis is near, the Memorial Fund will begin to make plans for a live reading of names to honor the 307 officers whose names were newly engraved on the memorial this year. The Memorial Fund is committed: the fallen will not be forgotten.
You may also show your support for the brave men and women of law enforcement by purchasing merchandise from the Museum Shop.