Praying for Fallen Officers at a Blue Mass

April 29, 2010

A contingent of police officers carrying flags from dozens of local and federal agencies, Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl and priests of the Archdiocese of Washington will walk under a huge U.S. flag hanging between the raised ladders of fire trucks before entering the annual “Blue Mass” that marks the beginning of National Police Week. There they will be joined by hundreds of military, law enforcement, fire safety and public safety officers from more than 25 federal and local agencies to remember officers who have fallen in the line of duty and to pray for the safety of all officers:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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 entrance procession also will include the Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band and the Washington, DC Regional Police Pipe Band.

Officers from many agencies are expected to attend, including the Metropolitan Police Department, as well as Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Arlington County, Alexandria City and Prince William County Police Departments, 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 the nine police officers who died in the Washington, DC metro area last 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.

St. Patrick Church is walking distance from two Metro stops: Metro Center (exit at 11th Street) and Gallery Place (exit at 9th Street).

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