Police Week 2009: 21st Candlelight Vigil
National Police Week 2009
21st Annual Candlelight Vigil
Along with Jennifer Thacker, national president of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (right) and FBI Director Robert Mueller (left) recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the 21st annual Candlelight Vigil for slain officers held May 13, 2009, at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
During his keynote address, Attorney General Eric Holder pays tribute to the 387 fallen officers and federal agents whose names were recently added to the marble wall at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Jennifer Thacker—who also addressed the crowd of hundreds of family members and friends of officers killed in the line of duty, fellow officers, and law enforcement supporters—is national president of Concerns of Police Survivors, a group dedicated to helping families and co-workers of slain officers rebuild their lives.
The May 13 ceremony was the 21st annual Candlelight Vigil held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which now holds the names of 18,661 law enforcement officers from all 50 states who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history.
FBI Director Robert Mueller, COPS president Jennifer Thacker, and Attorney General Eric Holder, among others, holding candles in memory of the fallen officers.