CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, March 18, 2013, the House is scheduled to consider H.Con.Res. 18, a resolution authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on February 26, 2013 by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) and referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which reported the bill by voice vote.
H.Con.Res. 18 authorizes the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and its auxiliary to sponsor the 32nd Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, free and open to the public, on the Capitol grounds to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2012. The event will be held on May 15, 2013.
In 1962, President Kennedy established May 15th as a national “Peace Officers Memorial Day”. Over the last several decades, the ceremony has evolved into a weeklong tribute known as Police Week. Every year, law enforcement officers from around the world come to Washington to honor those who have died in the line of duty in the previous year. In 2012, the service honored 166 fallen officers and was attended by the President, the Speaker of House, and the House Minority Leader.
The Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police is the national office of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), a trade union representing over 325,000 sworn law enforcement officers. The FOP was first established in 1915 in Pittsburgh and has since grown to include over 2,100 local lodges. The Grand Lodge will be responsible for all costs associated with the event.