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During National Police Week, May 15–21, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) promotes tying blue ribbons on car antennas as a reminder to the public that many law enforcement officers have paid the ultimate price and given their lives in the line of duty. This gesture also honors those officers who serve and protect our communities every day, putting their lives on the line for the citizens of the communities they serve.
In 1995, C.O.P.S. initiated an annual public awareness campaign to educate Americans about the significance of Police Week and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. As part of this public awareness campaign, hundreds of thousands of blue ribbons imprinted with the C.O.P.S. logo are mailed each year. Law enforcement personnel are encouraged to tie the ribbons to cruisers antennas, and citizens are encouraged to tie blue ribbons to their car antennas to show support for their local law enforcement officers and the sacrifices made by law enforcement families nationwide.
Any strip of royal blue ribbon tied to a car antenna during Police Week is an appropriate salute to the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our communities. Feel free to “fly the blue” all year long!