To help commemorate its 25th anniversary, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund today launched WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER, an online photo tribute campaign that encourages Americans to show their support for the men and women of law enforcement, in particular those who have died in the line of duty.
Through a new website www.WillAlwaysRemember.org - individuals can upload and share photographs showing they will always remember those law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Next March, website visitors will be able to cast a vote for their favorite photo, with the winner receiving a travel package to attend National Police Week in Washington, DC, in May 2010.
"Twenty-five years ago, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund was created with the vision of honoring the memory of those heroes who gave their own lives for the safety and protection of others. Seven years later, we dedicated the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, as our nation's monument to law enforcement service and sacrifice," said NLEOMF Chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd.
"Today, we continue to explore new and creative ways for our citizens to demonstrate their appreciation and support for these uniquely American heroes. Our WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER photo tribute campaign is a perfect and poignant way for all Americans to show the families and friends of officers killed in the line of duty that their loved ones will never be forgotten-they truly will always be remembered," Mr. Floyd added.
Participating in the photo tribute campaign is easy, and there is no charge. Visitors to www.WillAlwaysRemember.org can print a WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER poster and fill it in with their name or other identifier and message. Participants take a photo of themselves holding their poster, then upload the photo through the website. Entries will be displayed in a photo gallery through next February. During the month of March 2010, website visitors will be able to vote once for their favorite photo. The person who submits the photo that receives the most votes will win a National Police Week 2010 travel package that includes one round-trip air fare to Washington, DC, two nights accommodation, and VIP seating for the Candlelight Vigil held at the Memorial on May 13. Complete photo contest rules are available at www.WillAlwaysRemember.org.
The NLEOMF was formed in the summer of 1984, and on October 19 of that year, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation authorizing the Fund to establish a Memorial in Washington, DC, to honor law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The Memorial in Judiciary Square was dedicated on October 15, 1991. Today, its walls are engraved with the names of 18,661 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty dating back to the first known officer fatality in May 1792.
The WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER photo tribute campaign is one of the ways the NLEOMF is marking its first 25 years.