2023 National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service
Sponsored by the National Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary, the Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Service mainly honors the officers who recently made the ultimate sacrifice and pays tribute to all the fallen. The Service begins at 12 pm EST and is expected to run approximately 3.5 hours. All law enforcement attending must wear their badge on their outermost garment. They must also have two (2) forms of government ID, which must include their department’s credential. All media inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the largest National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in its 42-year history, and the enhanced security of Capitol Hill, the following changes will be in effect:
- All active duty/sworn law enforcement officers will be able to enter off of 1st St, Independence Ave SW, and Constitution Ave NW. All active law enforcement must wear their badge on their outermost garment (regardless of whether in uniform or suit) and provide a valid state driver’s license and agency credential.
- Retired officers are NOT permitted to be armed.
- All attendees of the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service who are not active law enforcement must enter off of 3rd St. Entrance points will be located at 3rd & Maryland Ave SW and 3rd & Pennsylvania Ave NW.
- There is no parking at this event. Please plan your travel accordingly.
- For those with VIP seating, the VIP check-in tents will be located as you enter the Memorial Site on Capitol Grounds. It will no longer be located outside of the Survivor Seating. The tents will be marked.
For additional information, visit PoliceWeek.org, the National FOP Memorial Committee’s website.
About the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C., to participate in a number of planned events that honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events that attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our nation’s capital each year.
The National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the National Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events that include the Candlelight Vigil sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).
National Police Week draws 25,000 to 40,000 attendees from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others who share a common bond. In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police D.C. Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other.
Proclamation Signed by President John F. Kennedy
To pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to voice our appreciation for all those who currently serve on the front lines of the battle against crime, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved October 1, 1962 (75 Stat.676), has authorized and requested the President to designate May 15 of each year as “Peace Officers Memorial Day,” and the week in which it falls as “Police Week” and by Public Law 103-322 (36 U.S.C. 175) has requested that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.