Hundreds Expected in Washington for ‘Blue Mass’

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A police officer plays "Taps" at the conclusion of the 13th Annual "Blue Mass" which marks the beginning of National Police Week 08 May 2007 at Saint Patrick's Church in Washington, DC. The catholic mass was presided over by Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl to remember the 123 officers who have fallen in the line of duty this year nationwide and pray for the saftey of all officers.  (Photo credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

A police officer plays “Taps” at the conclusion of the 13th Annual “Blue Mass” which marks the beginning of National Police Week 08 May 2007 at Saint Patrick’s Church in Washington, DC. The catholic mass was presided over by Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl to remember the 123 officers who have fallen in the line of duty this year nationwide and pray for the saftey of all officers. (Photo credit: TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — Hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the country are expected to attend a Mass being held in Washington ahead of National Police Week.

The Annual Blue Mass will be held Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington. The Mass honors law enforcement and first responders. Some streets in the area will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Washington’s Archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, will celebrate the Mass, which will include an honor guard, bagpipers and the playing of taps in honor of law enforcement officers who died in the past year.

National Police Week will begin Sunday.

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