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D.C. police in a procession to St. Patrick's Catholic Church during last year's Blue Mass.
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D.C. police in a procession to St. Patrick's Catholic Church during last year's Blue Mass.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the country attended a Mass today at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in the District.

One of the most solemn events of National Law Enforcement Week was celebrated today. The 19th Annual Blue Mass was held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Northwest D.C. Hundreds of first responders from local jurisdictions and federal agencies attended, along with their wives and husbands, sons and daughters.

Monsignor Salvatore Criscuolo, the pastor at St. Patrick's and a chaplain for the District's first responders,  says the Blue Mass "gives us time to reflect on all the men and women who are serving today and who have fallen over the years and its a time to reflect and give thanks to God for the calling that he's given to all these men and women."

The service included an honor guard representing local and federal agencies a reading of the names of those who fell in the line of duty and buglers playing taps.

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