Peace Officer Memorial Group, Inc.


On October 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726, designating May 15th as Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week to honor those peace officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

The law was amended by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Public Law 103-322, signed by President Bill Clinton, directing that the flag of the United Stated be displayed at half-staff on all government buildings on May 15th each year. National Police Week is always the calendar week, beginning on Sunday, which includes May 15th.

This honorable day and National Police Week will be May 14th through the 20th of this year. The Peace Officer Memorial Group plans some special events for May each year.

2018 Events:

Sunday, May 6th - Candle Light Vigil, at dusk (approx. 8:30 pm), California Peace Officer Memorial

State Capitol in Sacramento

The ceremony is held at night at the Peace Officer Memorial across from the Capitol building. It is a beautiful event with hundreds of blue lights held by all those who attend.

California Peace Officers' Memorial

Monday, May 7th - Enrollment Ceremony 10:30 am, California Peace Officer Memorial

State Capitol in Sacramento

Law enforcement from throughout California attend this event. The ceremony is beautiful with thousands in attendance including surviving family members. All are welcome to attend. This ceremony occurs every year at the Peace Officer Memorial monument located across from the Capitol building.

California Peace Officer's Memorial

TBA - Stanislaus County Peace Officer Memorial

Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson 

Area law enforcement agencies come together at 10:00 am to remember the peace officers nationwide and the peace officers in California who gave their lives in 2017 as well as the 17 Stanislaus County Peace Officers who have given their lives since 1935. The ceremony is beautiful and all are welcome to attend.

Stanislaus County Peace Officer's Association

May 13th through 19th - National Police Week

Washington, D.C.

The annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice is held each May in Washington, DC. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is a focal point of the National Police Week observance in Washington, DC. They host both formal ceremonies such as the annual Candlelight Vigil each May 13 and impromptu, individual tributes to American fallen heroes of law enforcement. This year Deputy Dennis Wallace will be enrolled at The Memorial in Washington, D.C.

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Monday, May 14th - Flowers for the Fallen

Stanislaus County

Members of the Peace Officer Memorial Group visit all the graves of our fallen officers in the county, clean them and place flowers. Flowers are sent to Monterey and Placer Counties as well as Mustang, Oklahoma for placement on the graves of three of our fallen officers.


Tuesday, May 15th - Peace Officer Memorial Day

By order of the President of the United States, flags are flown at half staff this day to honor the officers across the nation whose lives have been lost in the line of duty. 

Sunday, October 7th - Annual Peace Officer Memorial Run


The first Sunday of October each year we host the annual Peace Officer Memorial Run Half Marathon (13.1 miles), 5K (3.1miles), FREE Kids Fun Run, and Race Day Expo/Safety Faire. We are proud to have this event which will all take place in downtown Modesto in front of the Gallo Center for the Arts. Whether you are a runner, walker, volunteer or just want to stop by and enjoy the event, we have something for everyone. At the safety faire there will be K-9 demonstrations, SWAT Team members, McGruff the Crime Dog, vendors, Crime prevention officers and more.

Peace Officer Memorial Run