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Cruz: "Thanks the men and women in blue for their selfless sacrifice"

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement in recognition of National Police Week.

“This week, we celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all first responders who answer the call to serve our communities. They provide for our safety and are faithfully dedicated to protect the lives of every American,” Sen. Cruz said. “We also remember those who have fallen in the line of duty. May God comfort their families and friends, and may they know that their loved ones are noble models of selfless sacrifice to us all. We thank the men and women in blue for their service and leadership. May God bless them, and the United States of America.”


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. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year.

The National Peace Officers Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement. In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other.

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