Press Release

    The National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies is pleased to announce the 25th Annual Memorial March on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 7pm.

    The Memorial March and Service started in 1995 has become a signature event during Police Week activities in Washington DC.  The march starts at 6 pm at on Capitol Hill at New Jersey Avenue and F street NW. The march proceeds along E street and enters the NLEOM on the south side at E Street. The march procession will include; Pipebands, Emerald Societies, Honor Guards, antiques police cars/motorcycles from across the United States and Canada.

    At 7 pm, a Memorial Service will begin with opening tunes from public safety pipebands to include members from; police/ fire//law enforcement/sheriffs and emerald societies. This is the largest contingent of mass pipebands during the Police Week activities. The 2020 host pipband is the Philadelphia Police & Fire Pipes and Drums.  Various political and law enforcement dignitaries will speak at the service. At the end of the service, two wreaths are placed at the badge at the center of the memorial.

    The Memorial Service not only pays tribute to fallen Irish-American Law Enforcement Officers but all officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Over the years, Members of Congress, Chiefs of Police, as well as local, state and Federal leaders have been in attendance. The service has also received nationwide media attention by being featured on a special edition of “America Most Wanted” hosted by John Walsh.    

    The National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies (NCLEES) which sponsors the Memorial March and Service was started in 1995.  Lt. Michael Newton is the current President of NCLEES, is a 39-year veteran of the Baltimore City Police Department and is currently assigned as a Shift Commander of the Homicide Unit. NCLEES has over seventy chapters comprised of law enforcement and firefighters from around the country. NCLEES also has chapters in Canada and United Kingdom.

    On May 14, 2020, at 10am, The National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies will host its 26th annual conference.

    For further information and a march application, please go to the website at: NCLEES @org

    For further information regarding the Memorial March and Service contact;

    John Vize, Chairman of the Memorial March at 914-438-6104 or

    Memorial March applications are available here: 

    Send Memorial March Applications to: Mike Roe: Email:

    Phone: 314-304-1915


       May 14, 2020 (Thursday)

      Stage Area/ line up at 5pm at New Jersey Ave and F street NW

      Step Off at 6pm. March route is New Jersey Ave;. E street NW to the NLEOM.

      Service at NLEOM is at 7pm-8:15pm.

Released: POB- 12/12/18