Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary
Peace Officers' Memorial Service
National Peace Officers' Memorial Service
A Proclamation issued by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 declared May 15th as National Peace Officers' Memorial Day. In 1982, the Auxiliary initiated the first annual Service to remember the line-of-duty deaths inflicted on those who serve the law enforcement profession. Approximately 125 people in attendance at Senate Park in Washington D.C. listened as the keynote speaker, Kenneth Starr, Assistant U.S. Attorney General, honored the memory of the 76 officers who lost their lives in the performance of their law enforcement duties.
On May 15, 2015, at our 34th Annual Peace Officers' Memorial Service, the Grand Lodge Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Police, together with the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, memorialized 131 officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. More than 30,000 police officers, survivors, families and friends gathered on the steps of the United States Capitol Building to hear President Barack Obama praise the fellow officers who will never be forgotten.
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 one.
For more information on current and past year services you can visit policeweek.org.
Sharon Valtierra, Chair, Auxiliary Memorial Committee