11 December, 2011


The holiday season is a wonderful time of year to celebrate
with friends and family. It is also a time to remember those
who are no longer with us. Over a decade ago, members of
the Washington, DC Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors
(C.O.P.S.) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)
gathered to plant a small blue spruce tree in front of MPD
Headquarters. Barely more than a sapling, the tree was
decorated with lights and ornaments made by the families and
children of officers from the DC region who had been killed in
the line of duty. An annual tradition was born.
Every year since then, DC-C.O.P.S. and the MPD have been
honoring fallen officers at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting
Ceremony. This year, the short ceremony is set for Tuesday,
December 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm. Students from the H.D. Woodson Choir will perform as part
of the lighting ceremony. Members of the community are invited to attend.

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