Looking forward to the Vigil

31st Annual Candlelight Vigil

Every May 13, the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum hosts the annual Candlelight Vigil in Washington, DC. Next year will be my first experience and I can tell you that I’m very much looking forward to meeting many of you and honoring the sacrifice so many of our heroic law enforcement officers made.

We’re already planning for next year’s Candlelight Vigil, the most moving part of National Police Week. Every December, we tally the number of officers lost in the line of duty, carefully noting the individual stories of these fallen heroes. Every detail takes careful consideration, from obtaining a permit for hosting this ceremony attended by 30,000 people on the National Mall, to providing seating and services for thousands of people, candles and security. The Candlelight Vigil is the largest event we host throughout the year, and we strive to make it a special experience for everyone who attends.

I’ve been looking at photos from last year’s Candlelight Vigil and I’m struck by the powerful emotion of this event. Join me in remembering last year’s Vigil, as we prepare for the next one on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

Finally, I’d like to thank so many of you who have reached out to me in response to this series of emails introducing myself. Your comments and stories have moved me and I appreciate your willingness to share your experiences about the Memorial and Museum.


Marcia Ferranto

Marcia Ferranto
Chief Executive Officer
National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum