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First Responders to be honored at Annual Blue Mass


 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Units from federal, state and local jurisdictions will gather for the 23rd annual Blue Mass to pray for those in law enforcement and fire safety, remember those who have fallen and support those who serve.
All gathered will process into St. Patrick Catholic Church under an American flag hung over the street by two fire ladder trucks. The entrance procession also will include pipe and drum corps units. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, will be the celebrant and homilist for the Mass.

Blue Mass Honoring First Responders
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Procession: Noon at 10th and G Streets N.W.
Mass: 12:10 p.m.
St. Patrick Catholic Church
619 10th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001


The annual Blue Mass is held preceding National Police Week (May 15-21, 2017). Representatives of federal and local law enforcement and public safety agencies from the Washington metropolitan area and around the country are expected to attend. People of all faiths are welcome.

The Mass includes an honor guard, bagpipers and the solemn playing of “Taps” in memory of those who gave their lives in the past year.
The Blue Mass is a tradition that began in 1934 but was not regularly observed until 1994 when it was revived to honor and pray for the men and women who protect our city and nation. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, there are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, of which about 12 percent are female. A total of 1,512 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years. In 2016, there were 143 officer fatalities in the United States.

 

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