Hundreds to Honor and Pray for Law Enforcement/Public Safety Officers at “Blue Mass”

May 04, 2007

A procession under a huge U.S. flag hanging between the raised ladders of two fire trucks en route to a “Blue Mass” marks the beginning of National Police Week. Hundreds of military, law enforcement and public safety officers from more than 25 federal and local agencies will join Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl and priests of the Archdiocese of Washington to remember officers who have fallen in the line of duty and pray for the safety of all officers:

Tuesday, May 8, 2006
Procession: Noon (900 block of G Street-under huge U.S. flag)
Mass: 12:10 p.m.
St. Patrick’s in the City
619 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC

The flag will hang between the raised ladders of two fire trucks on the 900 block of G Street. A procession, which will include the Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band; the Washington, DC Regional Police Pipe Band; a contingent of officers carrying flags from each agency; and the priests, including Archbishop Wuerl, will walk under the flag, past 500 officers standing at attention along G and 10th Streets and into the church for Mass.

Directors, chiefs and officers from many agencies are expected to attend, including the Metropolitan Police Department, Metro Transit Police, DC Fire/EMS, ATF, DEA, DOJ, FBI, U.S. Capitol Police, U.S. and Maryland Departments of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Park Police, U.S. Secret Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and others. People of all faiths are welcome.

The names of 23 police officers who died in the past year will be read at the end of Mass, immediately followed by two trumpeters playing “echo taps.”

The Blue Mass is a tradition that began in 1934, but ended several years later. In 1994, it was revived to honor and pray for the men and women who protect our city and nation and is held at the beginning of National Police Week each year.

Mark Adkinson
Office of Communications
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