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National Police Week: Fallen LEOs to be honored at virtual Candlelight Vigil

The vigil begins at 8 p.m. EST and can be watched online through YouTube, Facebook and Twitter

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By Suzie Ziegler

WASHINGTON — National Police Week’s annual Candlelight Vigil will take place virtually for the second year in a row due to the ongoing pandemic, organizers said in a release last week.

The Candlelight Vigil honors law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and is organized by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The vigil will be held this week, May 13 at 8 p.m. EST. You can view the event on and on the Memorial’s YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter platforms. The vigil will also be broadcast via Verizon Media’s BUILD by Yahoo series and on its Facebook and Twitter, according to the release.

During the vigil, the names of fallen officers will be formally dedicated on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. This year, 394 names will be added and read aloud.

“While the current health crisis has created challenges, it will not hinder our efforts in honoring our fallen heroes,” said National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund CEO Marcia Ferranto in a statement. “By holding the annual Candlelight Vigil virtually again this year, we have continued the opportunity for the entire nation to light candles and stand in solidarity and support of the surviving families and law enforcement agencies.”

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