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A Time to Remember

National Police Week 2010

Peace Officers Memorial Day every May 15th was originally designated in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy in honor of federal, state, and municipal peace officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. The week in which that date occurs is National Police Week. The events of this week are a solemn reminder of the dedication and sacrifice of law enforcement personnel. But this Bugler is about the main event in Washington, DC, where thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world gather to participate in a number of planned events that honor the almost 20,000 law enforcement personnel who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while working to ensure the safety and security that many of us take for granted.

Wednesday, May 12: The Police Unity Tour arrives at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Hundreds of law enforcement officers and supporters on bicycles are welcomed after completing their multi-day, 300-mile journey in honor of fallen officers. Their mission is twofold: to raise awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and to raise money for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum.

Thursday, May 13: the 22nd Annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. A silent crowd of 20,000 is expected to pack the Memorial grounds to raise candles in honor of all fallen officers and to hear the names newly engraved on the granite Memorial walls read aloud.

Friday, May 14: National Police Honor Guard Competition. This is hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police Grand Lodge and sponsored by several police suppliers, including Glendale and Teams demonstrate their discipline and professional skills in friendly competition in performance categories that range from inspection drill to posting of the colors. This event offers the challenge of intense high-quality competition and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the building of friendships between honor guard teams. The competition is named in honor of Steve Young, a past national president of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Friday, May 14 and Sunday, May 16: the National Police Survivors' Conference in Alexandria, VA organized by COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors). This year's theme is the "Road to Hope".

Saturday, May 15: National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the United States Capitol. Organized by the Fraternal Order of Police and its auxiliary, this event begins at noon on the front lawn of the Capitol. Hundreds of ceremonial honor guard units in full dress uniform displaying their respective state and departmental flags participate in the memorial services. The familiar sounds of "Amazing Grace" are heard from police pipe-and-drum bands as hundreds of motorcycle officers line the streets in front of the U.S. Capitol for the annual memorial service.

The U.S. Congress has passed legislation that allows the U.S. flag to be flown at half staff on May 15th; numerous police organizations hold memorial services locally, regionally, and on a statewide level during that week; police departments may have open houses or SWAT team demonstrations to promote National Police Week. The events of this week are a solemn reminder of the dedication and sacrifice of law enforcement personnel.

For more information ...
Police Unity Tour:
Officer Down Memorial Page:
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial – the Memorial, the Museum, the Fund:

Flags at Half Staff Reminder!

Peace Officers Memorial Day - Saturday, May 15th
U.S. flags should be flown at half staff all day in remembrance of the nearly 18,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty throughout our nation's history.

Armed Forces Day

The third Saturday in May - in 2010 it is on May 15th - is a day to salute the men and women in all branches of service. Remember to thank a veteran!

Prior to August 31, 1949, each branch of the military had their own day of celebration. But on that date Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of a combined Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps Days. The single-day celebration was born of the unification of the Armed Forces under one Department of Defense. President Harry Truman made it official in a presidential proclamation on February 20, 1950.

For more information ...
The official website of the U.S. Army:
The official website of the U.S. Air Force:
The official website of the U.S. Navy:
The official website of the U.S. Marine Corps:
The official website of the U.S. Coast Guard:

"Freedom is Not Free"

This eloquent and moving poem was written by Kelly Strong in 1988. At the time, she was a JROTC cadet major at Homestead High School in Homestead, Florida.

"Freedom is Not Free"

I watched the flag pass by one day;
    it fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it, and
    then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform,
    so young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
    he’d stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
   had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
   How many mother’s tears?
How many pilots’ planes shot down?
   How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
   No, Freedom is not free.
I heard the sound of "Taps” one night,
   when everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play
   and felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
   that "Taps” had meant "Amen”
When a flag had draped a coffin, of
   a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
   of the mothers and the wives.
Of fathers, sons, and husbands,
   with interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
   at the bottom of the sea.
Of unmarked graves in Arlington,
   No, Freedom is not free.

Glendale salutes all our hometown heroes for the challenges they face and the sacrifices they make to keep us safe at home!

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