POLICE Magazine

JUN 2019

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56 POLICE JUNE 2019 L ast month I traveled to Washington, DC, for National Police Week, at- tending the various ceremonies honor- ing the law enforcement officers to have died in the last year and many years past. It was my seventh time attending the ceremonies. I've said for years now that Police Week is at once exhausting and exhil- arating—it is as inspiring as it is tiring. During this one extraordinary week you will experience every imaginable emotion. In one moment you might be laugh- ing with a group of cops from all points on the compass rose, and then mere moments later crying with one guy or gal who is overwhelmed with grief at the loss of a friend in the line of duty. I'm often surprised to learn of officers who have never attended. I'm equally surprised when during the week I come upon someone there for the very first time. Here is a brief summary of events— some of which I did not attend this year, but have been present for in years past—for those of you who could not be there for Police Week 2019. is little travelogue is my testimo- ny that visiting DC for Police Week is a MUST for every cop in America, as well as every civilian police supporter like yours truly. WALKING THE WALL I was on the ground in DC for four days, and visited the Police Memorial Wall nine times. e power of the place is difficult to describe. You see families huddled together, making "rubbings" of their lost loved one's name on strips of paper provided by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). You see individuals sitting quietly by themselves, lost and alone in distant thought. It's fascinating to see how it changes over time as new mementos are left by family and friends of officers who were killed in the line of duty over the years. People leave all sorts of things on the 300-foot wall that encircles a reflecting pool above the Judiciary Square Metro station. Patrol car doors adorned with images and inscriptions, duty boots, candles, Rosary beads, and just about anything else you can imagine appear on the wall over the weeklong event. Neither words nor pictures can ade- quately do justice to the powerful ener- gy emanating from this place. You truly have to be there to understand it. PHOTOS: DOUG W YLLIE Doug Wyllie Why Every Cop in America Should Attend Police Week Neither words nor pictures can adequately do justice to the powerful energy emanating from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during Police Week. You truly have to be there to understand it. DURING THIS ONE EXTRAORDINARY WEEK YOU WILL EXPERIENCE EVERY EMOTION, AND IT'S BOTH EXHAUSTING AND EXHILARATING .

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