Tuesday, May 15, 2018

National Police Week

The history of Police Week:
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year.

The National Peace Officers Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement. In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other.

So this week we honor those who serve in the various law enforcement services around this country.

The heart of the week is centered on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The next few posts show the memorial and the special aspect it takes on for this week.

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

About the Memorial:
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is centered in the 400 block of E Street, NW, Washington, DC and is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people.

The Memorial features two curving, 304-foot-long blue-gray marble walls. Carved on these walls are the names of more than 21,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty throughout U.S. history, dating back to the first known death in 1791. Unlike many other memorials in Washington, DC, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is ever-changing: new names of fallen officers are added to the monument each spring, in conjunction with National Police Week.

Designed by architect Davis Buckley, the Memorial sits on three acres of federal park land in an area of Washington, DC called Judiciary Square, the historic seat of our nation’s judicial branch of government. The Memorial grounds boast plush carpets of grass, nearly 60,000 plants and 128 trees. Each April, more than 10,000 daffodils bloom at the site, providing a burst of color for visitors. The Memorial’s central plaza features an intricate paving pattern and a bronze medallion with the Memorial Fund logo: a blue shield with a red rose draped across it.

Bordering the Memorial’s beautifully landscaped park are the two tree-lined "pathways of remembrance" where the names of the fallen officers are engraved. Each of the pathway entrances is adorned with a powerful statuary grouping of an adult lion protecting its cubs. Sculpted by Raymond Kaskey, the bronze statues symbolize the protective role of law enforcement officers and convey the strength, courage and valor that are hallmarks of those who serve and protect.

A number of commemorative ceremonies are held at the Memorial each year, and the site is visited by nearly a quarter million people annually. The Memorial’s beauty and tranquility make it a special place for reflection, contemplation or just a quiet moment away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Honoring the Fallen

Honoring the Four Legged Police

Also honored at the memorial were the dogs of the police force. This was very moving.

Monday, May 14, 2018

I Dreamed of Toast

I had the strangest dream the other day. I dreamt of toast. Yes toast. I don't remember exactly what happened in the dream. But the upshot was it was important to make toast and to make sure it did not burn.

As I was waking up I thought I smelled toast. I put off to remembering the end of the dream. But as I became more awake I did indeed smell toast in my bedroom. I thought for a few moments about this and just put it off to the dream. But once I was fully awake my room smelled like toast.

I was concerned that maybe I'd left something on somehow. But that made no sense. The toaster oven I have has a timer and would have gone off hours ago. I decided to go down stairs and see if I could smell anything down stairs.

As it turned out I didn't smell anything at all.

I should say I had a fan running in my window over night. I thought for a moment that the smell be coming from outside. Behind my house is one of those micro brew pub. But since I didn't smell the smell at the back of the house It wasn't coming from there.

I went outside to see if I could pick up the scent. But to no avail.

I went back upstairs to my bedroom and again there was the toast smell. Still couldn't figure out where it was coming from.

That's the only day the smell of toast permeated my bedroom. So it remains a mystery where it exactly came from.