In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. During Police Week, law enforcement officers and survivors from around the world come to Washington, DC, to participate in events that honor fallen officers.
Over the years, additional events of remembrance have been established in the month of May to honor public safety personnel that have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Throughout this month, the Montgomery County Police Department will remember and honor our fallen officers in various ways, beginning with a vigil and memorial service at the Public Safety Headquarters.
The Montgomery County Public Safety Employee Twenty-Four-Hour Memorial Vigil: Begins Tuesday, May 1
Beginning at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 1, Montgomery County public safety employees both current and past, will participate in a twenty-four-hour vigil at the Montgomery County Public Safety Memorial on the grounds of the Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg (100 Edison Park Drive). During the twenty-four-hour time period, personnel will take turns standing watch at the Memorial as a way to honor the fallen. This vigil will lead up to the Montgomery County Fallen Heroes Memorial Service held on Wednesday, May 2.
The Montgomery County Fallen Heroes Service: Wednesday, May 2
On Wednesday, the Montgomery County Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maryland-National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division will honor our fallen heroes at the annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Service. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
What: Fallen Heroes Memorial Service
When: Wednesday, May 2, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Public Safety Memorial, located on the grounds of the Public Safety Headquarters, 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, 20878*
*Please note that in the case of inclement weather, the service will be held inside the Public Safety Headquarters.
In Memory of:
Montgomery County Police Department
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office
Maryland-National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division