Acting Arlington County Police Chief Charles Penn stands in front of a plaque “In Valor There Is Hope” in the plaza outside police headquarters reading the names of the seven fallen ACPD officers on Monday, May, 10. ACPD and the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office commemorated National Police Week in a virtual ceremony by honoring the lives of Arlington’s seven fallen police officers dating from 1935 to 2016.
According to Arlington Connection, "This last year was an unprecedented challenge with the pandemic. There were 254 deaths from Covid in Arlington, and more than 581,000 deaths from Covid in the U.S. Arlington County Board Chair Matthew Di Ferrante attended on behalf of the County Board. He issued a proclamation that allowed the flags to be flown at half staff, proclaiming May 10, 2021, as Police Officer’s Day and taking a moment to remember."
Penn said, "In their unwavering devotion and selfless acts of heroism. We pledge to never forget their sacrifice. We ask what drew them to their profession—why they did choose law enforcement? To lead, protect, give back. We want to say thank you. We are routinely inspired by your commitment and pledge to never forget your sacrifice."