- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of police officers are gathering in Washington for a candlelight vigil honoring 273 men and women whose names are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

The event Wednesday night in Judiciary Square is part of National Police Week. Other activities continue through Saturday.

Organizers say the newly added names include 117 officers killed in the line of duty last year and 156 who were killed in prior years. They bring to 20,538 the number of names on the monument.

The monument includes a reflecting pool and two, blue-gray marble walls, each about 300 feet long. The names of the fallen are carved on the walls, dating to the first known death in 1791.


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