Police Week: Police Unity Tour

The Police Unity Tour arrives at the Memorial tomorrow, May 12. According to their mission statement:

The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum.

The Police Unity Tour Incorporated was formed in 1997 by a group of law enforcement officers from New Jersey who rode their bicycles from Florham Park, New Jersey to Washington, D.C. For the past twelve years, law enforcement officers nationwide have ridden the 300 plus mile trip, with the purpose of raising awareness and financial support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The Police Unity Tour has grown from 18 members to over 1200 nationwide who make the annual trip. Because of their efforts and contributor generosity, over 7 million dollars has been donated to the Memorial, making the Police Unity Tour the single largest supporter of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

For those attending the Washington D.C. events, the 22nd annual Candlelight Vigil takes place on Thursday evening, May 13, at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. An anticipated 20,000 people will pack the Memorial grounds to raise candles in honor of all fallen officers and to hear the names newly engraved on the Memorial walls read aloud.

Below is a video of the 2009 Memorial ceremony:

Do you plan on being at the 2010 Memorial? Please share your photos and stories below, or on Lion Connects’ Facebook page.