Celebrating our Heroes all Month Long

Celebrating our Heroes all Month Long

The 100 Club of Illinois kicked off the month of May with a celebration of our Law Enforcement Heroes with the 100 Club Police Month Fundraiser!

Our goal of $5,500 for the month of May is in honor of Police Month and our upcoming 55th Anniversary of serving the first responder community. Donations can be made in honor of a first responder you know and will contribute to programming to serve the men and women who serve through events, trainings, and resources such as our Wellness First initiative.
Join us as we recognize the commitment and sacrifice our First Responders make each day for the community.
The History Behind Police Week

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law designating May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. The law was amended by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, signed by President Bill Clinton, directing that the flag of the United States be displayed at half-staff on all government buildings on May 15 each year. While the actual dates change from year to year, National Police Week is always the calendar week, beginning on Sunday, which includes May 15.

The week serves as a time of remembrance for those lives lost in the line of duty along with honoring law enforcement’s commitment to their communities. National Police Week typically includes thousands of visitors, survivors, families of officers who all travel to Washington DC to participate in ceremonial and memorial events. Due to covid restrictions, the event has been postponed until October of 2021. In-person events are planned for October 13-17, 2021, in Washington, DC to offer the same respect, honor, remembrance, and community support as National Police Week, while allowing law enforcement, survivors, and citizens to gather and pay tribute to those who gave their lives in the line of duty. To stay up to date with the events taking place this year please click, here.

Illinois Police Officers Memorial

This May the 100 Club had the honor to attend the Illinois Police Officers Memorial on May 6th in Springfield, Illinois, where we were able to pay our respects to the brave men and women who we lost in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. During the Memorial, Illinois State Treasurer, Mike Frerichs quoted Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address to explain the sacrifice the deceased officers made for their community and why it’s important to remember them. “It is rather for us to be here, dedicated to the great task remaining before us. That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to the cause for which they gave their last full measure of devotion. That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain,” Lincoln said. The Club will continue to keep our 100 Club family growing and continue giving back to our first responders and their families this month and beyond. Help us continue the tradition of caring for those who care for us and visit our Donation Page.

National EMS Week, May 16-22

First established in 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. Honoring the individuals who provide day-to-day lifesaving services on the frontline. This year’s theme was This Is EMS: Caring for Our Communities.

Theme Days

Monday – EMS Education Day

Tuesday – Safety Tuesday

Wednesday – EMS for Children Day

Thursday – Save-A-Life Day (CPR & Stop the Bleed)

Friday – EMS Recognition Day

Over the last year, the pandemic has given people a small glimpse of the vital role of EMS professionals. The sacrifice and dedication of EMTs, paramedics and the entire EMS workforce that has rightfully earned them admiration and gratitude in their communities. EMS Strong is a campaign that aims to unite and inspire emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, strengthen the profession on a national level, and expand and celebrate National EMS Week.

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Our First Responders selflessly protect us daily, will you do what you can to protect them? Visit our website to join the 100 Club or make a donation today!