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JUN 2019

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POLICEMAG.COM 59 A PINT AT KELLY'S Pivoting somewhat radically, another "must" is a visit (or more than one) for a pint of Guinness (or more than one) at Kelly's Irish Times, an iconic pub a few blocks from the Police Memorial Wall. Kelly's is a "cop bar" through and through, and during Police Week it is jam packed with cops from all over the world. ousands of agency patches line just about every available surface of the walls not already adorned with old photos of Washington landmarks, poli- ticians, sports stars, and other interest- ing relics. During daylight hours it's reasonably quiet and relatively family friendly, but as the sun passes beneath the horizon across from the Potomac River, the comradery gets a little more boisterous. If you go for lunch or supper, I recom- mend the Guinness Stew. If you're there at around 2200 hours, be prepared to sing along to Don McLean's American Pie and/or Neal Diamond's Sweet Car- oline. If you're there at closing time, you might have a hard time hailing a cab as the patrons pour out onto the sidewalk en masse. THE CANDLELIGHT VIGIL Due to travel constraints, I didn't make it to the Candlelight Vigil on the Na- tional Mall this year, but I've attended six other years and can attest to the fact that it's one of the most incredible ex- periences a police officer or a civilian police supporter can have during Police Week. e sheer vastness of the gathering is astounding. And when all of those candles are lit, one by one as the at- tendees spread that flame from one end of the National Mall to the other, the sense of mourning is equaled by the feeling of universal love felt for ev- er yone present. TOO MUCH TO LIST ere are myriad more reasons that ev- ery officer should make the trip to visit DC for this week in May at least one time in their career. e service on the West- ern steps of the Capitol building this year featured a visit from the President of the United States as well as other dig- nitaries. If you collect patches or chal- lenge coins, bring a big bag of your own to swap. For families and friends, the Con- cerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) hosts the National Police Survivors' Con- ference at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center across the river. Head over to Tent City in Southeast DC, near to where the Washington Na- tionals play their home games. ere are vendors selling cool swag and the bar at the center of the place is alive with LEOs sharing laughs and love. And of course, there is everything else DC has to offer every other week of the year—from the monuments to the museums to the menu items at some of the top restaurants in America. Go. Be there. Trust me on this one. Doug Wyllie is the contributing web edi- tor for POLICE.

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