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(Neb)-Flags At Half-Staff Today For Peace Officers Memorial Day

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/15/2018 08:18 AM
LINCOLN, Neb. - This is National Police Week and today is Peace Officers Memorial Day, with all U.S. and state flags flying at half-staff until sunset.

     The 30th Annual Peace Officers Memorial Candlelight Vigil was held Sunday night on the National Mall with a crowd estimated at 30,000

     The Candlelight Vigil has become a signature event of the National Police Week observance in the nation’s capital with moving musical tributes, a special recognition of survivors of fallen officers, and the lighting of candles in memory of the 21,541 officers who have died in the line of duty in U-S history.

       360 new names were singled out for recognition - 129 officers who died last year and 231 who died in prior years but had not yet been added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

      Names on the memorial come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, federal, corrections, railroad, and military police agencies

     The Nebraska Law Enforcement Officers Memorial hosts its annual service this Friday at 10 a.m. at Fonner Park in Grand Island.  There will be one name added to the memorial, Sgt Curtis Blackbird of Macy and the Omaha Tribal Police, who was killed in an accident in March of last year.


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