February 22, 2017
This May, as we have done every year since 1991, thousands will gather for a Candlelight Vigil in Washington, DC, to pay our respects, stand together, and honor the memory of our fallen brothers and sisters. At the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, we honor those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and we will deepen our commitment to ensuring that they are never forgotten.
Preserving their memory is just one piece of our work, and I, along with you, your families, and loved ones, work each day towards an awesome goal: to never have to add another name on the walls of the Memorial. To accomplish this goal, we must work together with the public: educate citizens about our role in ensuring a safe and just society, and help them understand the challenges and risks we face each day. The National Law Enforcement Museum will provide a space to begin this conversation and bring us closer to realizing our vision.
We know this Museum is long overdue. Since Congress authorized planning and construction in November 2000, many of us have worked tirelessly to see that it is built and accurately reflects the past, present, and future of law enforcement. We’ve made great progress, but we need your help to make it a reality.
I want you to be a part of this Museum: a place we can honor our fellow officers, educate citizens, and tell our stories in the most genuine way possible. In more than 200 years, there has never been one place to call our own. Until now.
We have launched Stand With Honor, a campaign to rally the law enforcement community in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum. You and your family have invested time by serving. Now it’s time to invest in your legacy. That’s why I’m asking you to join me and Stand With Honor — be a part of this monumental achievement in history.
Chief of Law Enforcement Relations
Pat is a retired police chief from New Jersey and founder of the Police Unity Tour. Founded in 1997, the Police Unity Tour serves as a memorial bike ride from New Jersey to Washington, DC, organized to build public awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. In addition to raising awareness, the ride also raises funds that support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the National Law Enforcement Museum. What started in 1997 as 18 riders who raised $18,000, has now exploded to 2,200 participants who most recently raised $2.5M. Pat spends his retirement tirelessly educating the public about law enforcement and championing the National Law Enforcement Museum.
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