LAVERNGE, Tenn.- It's a simple gesture that means a lot to local law enforcement officers display a blue light at your home along with your holiday decorations.
Project Blue Light is a national campaign that encourages people to display blue lights in honor of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
The idea started in 1989 by a group called Concerns of Police Survivors or "C.O.P.S." The goal was to prove that everyone can honor officers who serve every day, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The project has grown steadily through the years, but LaVergne Police Chief Mike Walker said many people in middle Tennessee still don't know about it.
"We would love for everyone to participate," said Chief Walker, "You can honor those who are still working , or support those who left loved ones behind."
Smyrna Detective Robert Monroe's brother-in-law was killed while responding to a traffic accident while on the job in Alabama. He said the tragedy changed his life, and Project Blue Light means a lot of his family.
"We love to see the support for current officers and fallen officers," said Det. Monroe. "For those who are aware of this, it means everything."
Officers say you can display any blue light, or order a candle through the C.O.P.S. website at www.nationalcops.org
The lights can be displayed throughout the holiday season.