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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 05/13/2010

Vigil for fallen officers to be held in D.C.

By Washington Post editors

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is leading a ceremony Thursday to honor fallen law enforcement officers from across the country.

Holder and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano are scheduled to attend the annual candlelight vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington.

Organizers say Holder will deliver the keynote address and lead the candle-lighting as the names of 116 officers who died in the line of duty last year are read. They say that's the lowest annual total of fallen officers in five decades.

The names of another 208 officers who died in past decades also will be dedicated on the memorial's walls.

A live webcast is planned when the ceremony begins at 8 p.m. as part of National Police Week.

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial live webcast:

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By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 11:39 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, Law, Law Enforcement, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Police, United States Secretary of Homeland Security  
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