Police Unity Tour Ride-In and Ceremony
Police Unity Tour Ride-In and Ceremony: Thursday, May 12, 2023
Location: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, 400 Block of E Street, NW, Washington, DC
Join leaders and members of the Police Unity Tour (PUT) as they honor all those who have fallen in the line of duty. Every year, members of law enforcement, along with survivors of line-of-duty deaths, from across the United States unite for a massive ride that pays tribute to fallen law enforcement heroes. “They ride for those who died.” Watch these committed men and women pay tribute to this year’s fallen officers at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
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Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Annual Blue Mass At the annual Blue Mass, first responders gather to remember the contributions of those who have served in law enforcement and public safety agencies and to ask for continued protection for them in the future. Representatives of federal and local law enforcement and public safety agencies from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area and around the country attend. This year’s Blue Mass will be streamed at adw.org/event/annual-blue-mass , live from St. Patrick Catholic Church in downtown Washington, D.C.
Monday, May 9, 2022
Washington Area Law Enforcement Memorial Service The DC FOP Lodge #1, FOP Auxiliary, DC MPD and DC-COPS are co-hosting their annual Washington Area Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service, which starts at 11:30 a.m. at DC MPD Headquarters, 300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. The Auxiliary will be hosting a luncheon at the nearby DC FOP Lodge after the service.
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Annual LawRide and Wreath Laying Ceremony Procession will assemble at RFK Stadium/Armory (19th and East Capitol Street, NE) at 8 a.m.; kick-stands up time of 10:45 a.m. for the ride to the Memorial for wreath laying ceremony and presentations 11 a.m. - Noon. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.LawRide.com .
Thursday, May 11, 2023
National Police K-9 Memorial Service The National Police Dog Foundation, Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1, Courageous Tails, and United for Blue are co-hosting their annual National Police K-9 Memorial Service. The memorial service will include a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the memory of fallen police K-9s who have given their lives in the line of duty. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and will be held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, 450 F St. NW Washington DC, 20001. For more information, visit www.nationalpolicedogfoundation.org/k9-memorial .
Friday, May 12, 2023
Police Unity Tour Arrival Ceremony Arrival Ceremony will be held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, with ride-in and ceremony, time TBD. To learn more about the Police Unity Tour, visit www.policeunitytour.com , call 973-443-0030, or E-mail [email protected] for more information.
NLEOM will be hosting a combined Honor Guard/Police Unity Tour reception on May 12, 2023, from 7-9pm EST at the National Law Enforcement Museum. For those honor guard teams/members who volunteer for either our Vigil or Stand Watch for the Fallen, and you would like to attend, please RSVP: Honor Guard/Police Unity Tour Reception RSVP .
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Annual Candlelight Vigil The Candlelight Vigil will honor the officers who lost their lives in 2022. The names will be read by high-ranking government officials, and officials from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as other related individuals. The Vigil take place on the National Mall and it will be livestreamed. The ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. and last around 2 hours. For additional information please call 202-737-3400 or visit nleomf.org .
Honor Guard: Honor guard members are routinely needed/used to form cordons which the survivors walk through as they make their way from the busses to their seats. 30 minute shifts will begin at 4pm, and continue through 8pm. To sign up please use the online Honor Guard Candlelight Vigil Sign-Up form.
FOP DC Lodge #1 Tent City Events Tent City will take place on May 13th and 14th at 1900 W Place Northeast, Washington, DC (the former BET headquarters building parking area.) If your GPS doesn’t recognize that address, you can use 1301 W Street NE, which is in the same compound. The hours are 11am to midnight each day. Join us at Tent City to enjoy music, food, and drinks at the bar with your friends. Our volunteers are here to serve you, ensure that you have a great time while visiting DC, and most importantly, provide a safe, fun environment to reflect and catch up with old friends. See you there! Before, during and after Police Week events, the DC Lodge #1 facility will be open from Noon to 10pm May 8 thru May 18, and will have extended hours, 2pm to Midnight from May 12 thru 14. There will be a limited menu with hotdogs, hamburgers, fries, tots, chicken wings and possible surprises! (On May 12, DC Lodge #1 will kick off Tent City with an opening party at the Lodge, starting at 2pm.) If you're interested in being a vendor, please contact [email protected] .
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Annual Steve Young National Honor Guard Competition and Pipe Band Competition The Honor Guard and Pipeband Exhibition will be located at the U.S. Capitol Building Reflecting Pool, which is on the West Side of the Capitol near 3rd Street, SW. Teams will provide a one (1) day event consisting of three segments including Team Inspection, the Color Guard Posting of the Colors and the Exhibition Phase. The performance is to honor those being remembered during National Police Week at our Nation's Capital. These performances are a tribute to the fallen peace officers, their families and to those law enforcement officers across our nation that will stand vigilant in protecting our communities tonight and every night. For more information, please visit www.policeweekhonorguard.com . Time: 8 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m.
Police Vehicle Display There will be a Police Vehicle Display from 1300-1600 at the U.S. Capitol Reflection Pool. Police vehicles will be on display: old, new and tribute. If you would like to participate, please register your car using this form .
Annual Emerald Society/Pipe Band Memorial March & Service Assembly will be at New Jersey Ave and F Street NW (near Union Station) at 5 pm; the march will step off at 6 p.m. and proceed to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, where the memorial service will be held. Retreat to the Irish Channel following the service at the NLOMF. For additional information, please contact: John Vize at (914)438-6104 or [email protected] . Visit nclees.org/police-week-press-release.html .
National Police Survivors Conference and C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens Sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) at the Washington Hilton. Family and co-worker survivors have opportunities to receive support to understanding grief, prepare for trial, learn new coping skills, and build connections with others. School-aged children of fallen officers spend the day off-site at local and federal law enforcement academies taking part in activities specially tailored for their ages. Visit concernsofpolicesurvivors.org or call 573-346-4911 for more information.
Friday, October 15, 2021
Monday, may 15, 2023.
Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service Sponsored by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary. The Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The Service mainly honors the officers who recently made the ultimate sacrifice and pays tribute to all the fallen. More details will be provided when available. The Service begins at 12 noon and is expected to run approximately 3.5 hours. All law enforcement attending must wear their badge on their outer most garment. They must also have two (2) forms of government id, which must include their Department’s credentials.
Honor Guard: If your agency's team wishes to sign up for the Cordon and Colors Honor Guard at the May 15th Fraternal Order of Police National Peace Officers Memorial Service, each team member will need to complete the online registration form . On May 15th, check in for Honor Guards will be at the Garfield Circle Entrance. Plan to be in position from 0830 hrs to around 1600 hrs when the service concludes. Please do not bring rifles or flags, they will not be needed for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service.
Standing Watch for the Fallen at the National Law Enforcement Memorial: Honor guard teams take 15-minute shifts standing watch over the Memorial Wreaths used in the Fraternal Order of Police National Peace Officer Memorial Service on May 15th. It is anticipated that Standing Watch will run from noon through midnight on the 15th. To sign up please use the online Standing Watch Sign-Up form .
Media: Members of the media must complete a Media Access Form for the service. Equipment must be in place with check-in between 5am-6am on May 15 (check-in location is at Peace Circle at the white tent located on the sidewalk.) You must present two forms of ID to gain access. All media inquiries may be directed to the following email: [email protected] .
Wreath Laying Ceremony and Standing Watch for the Fallen Following the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary will proceed to the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial for the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony. Honor Guards from across the U.S. will stand vigil at the Memorial to honor the fallen, from 2pm to midnight.
FOP DC Lodge #1 Tent City Events Tent City will once again take place May 13th, 14th, and 15th at RFK Stadium, Lot 8. The venue is located at 2400 East Capitol Street S.E., Washington, DC 20003. Tent City is open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. daily. RFK provides plenty of paid parking and access to the Stadium-Armory Metro station (Silver, Orange and Blue Lines), which is only a 9 minute walk from the site. Join us at Tent City to enjoy music, food, and drinks at the bar with your friends. Our volunteers are here to serve you, ensure that you have a great time while visiting DC, and most importantly, provide a safe, fun environment to reflect and catch up with old friends. Stay updated on all things Police Week and Tent City by visiting our website www.policeweektentcity.com , and across social media at @policeweekdc. See you there!
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- 2023 Police Unity Tour
- Start 05/08/2023
- End 05/14/2023
- Location Portsmouth, Virginia to DC
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- Drop/Canceled – $100.00
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- Support Team – $100.00
The Police Unity Tour is a bicycle ride beginning in Portsmouth, Virginia to raise awareness about those officers who have died in the line of duty and money for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Riders must be willing to train extensively to prepare for this 250 mile ride. It is strongly suggested that you ride (and train with) a quality road bike. While mountain bikes and hybrids are not prohibited, they are discouraged.
In addition, riders must be willing to complete and submit two qualifying rides. The qualifying rides will be in line with our fundraising deadlines of March 1 and April 1. The first ride (to be completed by March 1) will be a 50 mile ride with an average of at least a 15 MPH. The second (to be completed by April 1) will be a ride of 75 miles with an average of at least 15 MPH pace.
There will be an email sent about the qualifying rides once the registration process is complete for all riders explaining this process in further detail.
Participants (both riders & support) must be willing to raise a minimum of $2000 for the Police Unity Tour. The registration fee for this event is $100 and will count towards your $2000 minimum. There will be a schedule of fundraising deadlines that all members will be expected to follow. First year members must have at least $500 in their fundraising account within 60 days of registering.
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Police Unity Tour: Have you signed up for one of the greatest bike rides ever?
Do you want to be part of one of the greatest and most emotional sponsored cycle rides ever? The annual Police Unity Tour (PUT) is fast approaching and this is your chance to dust off your bike and register.
Branch chair Rich Cooke, who with help from Chief Superintendent Andy Beard is organising this year’s chapter, is calling on members of West Midlands Police Federation to take part.
Both current and retired police officers and Specials are being urged to get involved in the event, which is once again raising money for Care of Police Survivors (COPS), the only UK-wide charity that supports the families of fallen colleagues.
“I can’t put into words just how amazing it is to be part of this event,” said Rich.
“Sadly, there are far too many of our colleagues who lose their lives on duty - and this bike ride is for them and their families. I think it must be one of the few times that we see both serving and retired officers, of all ranks, and from all forces come together for one single cause.
“It truly is an honour to take part, and I urge you to join me. Together, we ride in their memory, we ride in their honour and we ride for their families.”
Rich Cooke on a previous PUT ride with Paula McDowell and Andy Beard
The 200-mile event, will start on Friday 28 July and end on Sunday 30 July, with the final chapter being in Staffordshire, as riders end at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, to mark this year’s memorial service.
During the event, each of those participating wears a wristband specifically dedicated to a fallen officer - with these bracelets given to family members of those officers at the end of the ride.
This year, the chapter is appealing for a total of 30 riders from across four forces: West Midlands, Staffordshire, West Mercia and Warwickshire.
Rich added: “So far, we have around 10 riders from West Midlands officially registered but I want to see more there.
“This is your chance to be part of something amazing. There’s still time to get your name down - don’t delay, and sign up now.”
It costs £150 to sign up for the event, with a commitment to raise a minimum of £400.
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Our stated mission has always been to ensure that no police officer killed in the line of duty will ever be forgotten. The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of the Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial. The names etched on the Memorial Wall will live forever.
We continue our commitment to the Police Unity Tour and our motto, “ WE RIDE FOR THOSE WHO DIED.” The Police Unity Tour is the largest fundraiser for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
May of 2024 will also mark the Police Unity Tour’s 28th year anniversary in which eighteen (18) legacy riders founded the Police Unity Tour, leaving from Florham Park, New Jersey. Their vision sparked one of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial’s leading events for raising awareness of police officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice… those who have been killed in the line of duty.
If you are a new applicant please review our, “Become a Rider” link above.
- A non-refundable $150.00 registration fee is required at Stage two of the process.
- You will need to create a NEW username from previous years.
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Police Unity Tour IV
“We Ride For Those Who Died”
Chapter IV, in Virginia, was organized in June of 2010 and ventured onto its inaugural ride in May of 2011. Although Chapter IV is based in Virginia, the chapter has riders and support members from all over the country. Chapter IV is one of nine chapters nationwide.
The Police Unity Tour continues to be the single largest supporter of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Registration is now open for all current and retired Law Enforcement officers!
$50 July 1st – September 30th While supplies last (PUT Bike Ride Poster)
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All Riders and Support Must Register under the wait list to be validated.
Ride Dates: May 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th
The mission of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty and raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial.
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The primary purpose of the Police Unity Tour is to raise awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty. The secondary purpose is to raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and Museum.
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