FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Joseph Concannon
Candlelight Vigil for National Police Week
PRESS CONFERENCE & ANNOUNCEMENT
MONDAY MAY 4, 2015 – 12:00 NOON
NYPD 105TH PRECINCT
92-08 222ND ST.
QUEENS VILLAGE, NY 11428
CLICK HERE FOR CANDLELIGHT VIGIL INSTRUCTIONS
National Police Week, occurring the second week of May, is a week-long reflection on those police officers who have fallen in the line of duty. During 2014, 117 police officers nation-wide died in the line of duty.
Former NYPD Captain Joseph Concannon, founder and president of Square Deal Committee, Inc., a new non-profit organization in formation, is proposing that each Police Precinct in NYC, including Police Service Areas as well as Transit Commands, hold their own Candlelight Vigil. Concannon is calling on volunteers, community residents and civic leaders to wear blue and assemble at 8:30 PM on May 13th in front of your local precinct, in coordination with the nationwide observance for National Police Week. At 9 PM sharp everyone will light their candles and host a moment of silence.
The Square Deal Committee staff has been reaching out to precinct commanders, community affairs personnel as well as precinct council presidents in order to improve awareness of this effort. Starting this year we hope that this police vigil will become an annual staple of New York City community events in solemn memory of our fallen officers.
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
This year National Police Week starts on May 10th through May 16th with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund being the principle organizer. The activities for National Police Week are generally centered in Washington DC, hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police and C.O.P.S. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund hosts the annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13th this year. The FOP hosts activities at our Nation’s Capital and C.O.P.S. hosts the Police Survivors Conference.