Public Invited to Observance of 2023 Peace Officers Memorial Day
Published on April 20, 2023
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department and the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office will gather to honor and pay tribute to the memory of the seven law enforcement officers of Arlington County who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our community. This solemn ceremony is held each year ahead of National Police Week which recognizes those law enforcement officers throughout the United States who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others and provides support to their survivors.
Observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day
Members of the public and the media are invited to attend the Observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day.
- Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023
- Time: 8:00 a.m.
- Location: Arlington County Justice Center Plaza located at 1425 North Courthouse Road
- Road Closure: N. Courthouse Road will be closed between 14th Street N. and 15th Street N. from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to accommodate the event.
About National Police Week
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. It is a dedicated time to honor and remember the officers who have given their lives in the line of duty, and recognize the sacrifices made by the families of those officers. National Police Week occurs each May and events will be held in the region from May 9 - 20, 2023.
Police Week is organized by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA) and the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and supported by law enforcement agencies across the country. The public can expect to see an increase in law enforcement activity in Arlington and the region as police agencies from around the country escort survivors to National Police Week events. An increased presence of police vehicles with activated emergency equipment around Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and nearby hotels is anticipated.