HAPCOA Participates in 33rd Annual Candlelight Vigil
(Washington, DC). HAPCOA was invited to participate in the 33rd Annual Candlelight Vigil, hosted by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Thursday, October 14, 2021, in Washington, DC. The Vigil, attended by several hundred invited guests, survivors of fallen officers and uniformed police officers from nearly every state, was held on the National Mall in the area nearest the Washington Monument.
HAPCOA Executive Director Anthony Chapa was invited to be a reader of the names being added to National Law Enforcement Officers memorial wall. This year special tribute was offered to 701 officers who have given their lives in the line of duty and whose names were added to the Memorial in 2020 and 2021. Chapa read names of Officers killed in the line of duty from California.
HAPCOA teamed up with NLPOA National President Ken Chavez and National Advisor Felipe Ortiz who were also invited to serve as a reader of names at the Candlelight Vigil. NLPOA President Chavez read names of Officers killed in the line of duty from Puerto Rico and Guam.
Prior to the event Chapa and Chavez met with several VIPs, senior Government Officials, Members of Congress, Police Chiefs, and major Law Enforcement Association executives (to include IACP, NOBLE, NAWLEE, Police Foundation, among others). Chapa and Chavez also spent time visiting with executive board members of the National Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) organization. This year C.O.P.S. received the Distinguished Service Award presented by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
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