Praying for Law Enforcement & Public Safety Officials at Blue Mass

May 09, 2005

Hundreds of military, law enforcement and public safety officers from 29 federal and local agencies will join Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, at a “Blue Mass” to mark the beginning of National Police Week, remember officers who have fallen in the line of duty and pray for the safety of all officers:

Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Procession: Noon
Mass: 12:10 p.m.
St. Patrick’s in the City
619 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC

A huge U.S. 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 many priests, including Cardinal McCarrick, will walk under the flag, past 500 officers standing at attention along G and 10th Streets and into the church for Mass.

Attending will be directors, chiefs and officers from agencies, including the Metropolitan Police Department, Metro Transit Police, DC Fire/EMS Department, 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 and others. People of all faiths are welcome.

The names of 12 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 1996, 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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