Washington, DC — Target® will serve as the lead sponsor of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s National Police Week ceremonies and events in Washington, DC, held May 12-18, 2013.
Target maintains a long-standing commitment to building strong, healthy and safe communities, and for the past seven years, has generously contributed to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in support of National Police Week each May. In addition, Target team members volunteer to assist Memorial Fund staff and volunteers at the National Police Week retail center.
Target also is a major supporter of the upcoming National Law Enforcement Museum, scheduled to open across from the National Memorial in Washington, DC’s Judiciary Square in 2015. Target is the official sponsor of Take the Case, an exhibit slated for the Museum that will allow visitors to follow a trail of evidence from real crimes to “solve” one of three cases, working their way from the crime scene to the arrest and, finally, trial. As they track their case, visitors may learn about the work of detectives and how they coordinate with forensic scientists, medical examiners and prosecuting attorneys to solve a crime. Additionally, Target has sponsored seven events in the Museum’s Witness to History panel discussion series, which focuses on significant events in law enforcement history, conveyed through the insights of those who witnessed them.
“We are proud to once again partner with Target during National Police Week this year,” said Memorial Fund Chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd. “Target has been a generous supporter of the Memorial Fund and the law enforcement community for many years,” he said. “We thank our friends at Target for their continued support and dedication to our mission.”
This year, 321 names will be engraved on the National Memorial, including 120 officers who were killed in 2012, plus 201 recently discovered officers who died in previous years. All 321 names will be formally dedicated on the Memorial during the 25th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the evening of May 13, during National Police Week. After this year’s names are engraved, there will be a total of 19,981 officers honored on the Memorial.
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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of nearly 19,981 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.