Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony and “Stand Watch for the Fallen,” A Reminder to the Fallen and Survivors that They Are Not Alone

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 16, 2021) — Following the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary, and guests will proceed to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony and “Stand Watch for the Fallen.”

Since its founding in 1984, the Memorial and Museum has hosted events that honor fallen officers and their surviving families. The annual Wreath Laying Ceremony is an opportunity to offer a floral tribute signifying both the beauty and the brevity of life. The official laying of the wreath is symbolic of our continued commitment to remember and honor our Nation’s fallen law enforcement officers.

“The Memorial Fund hosts this Ceremony each year to serve as a solemn reminder of the dedication of our nation’s law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line each time they put on the uniform,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “We work each day to ensure that their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten, but we cherish this opportunity to gather in solidarity and support of our heroes and their loved ones.”

In addition to the formal Wreath Laying Ceremony, Honor Guards from across the U.S. will stand vigil at the Memorial to honor the fallen. The traditional ceremony, made possible through support by Verizon, beginning at 2 p.m. and ending at midnight, is a reminder to the fallen and survivors that they are not alone.

Ferranto continued, “As guardians of this sacred space, we respect, honor, and remember our brothers and sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Your bravery, your service, and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.”


The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is the leading authority on official line-of-duty officer deaths. Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the fallen, telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors the names of over 22,611 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building is committed to preserving the history of American law enforcement and sharing the experiences of service and sacrifice for generations to come. For more information, visit

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