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Peace Officers’ Memorial Day
IN 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police ...

PEACE OFFICERS’ MEMORIAL DAY

Kristi Neace, wife of Officer Richard Neace

Union, MO, Police Department

IN 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. President Bill Clinton amended the law with the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which directs that the American flag be displayed at half-staff on all government buildings on May 15 each year. This is a tribute to the more than 16,000 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and is the rarest of all honors. The only other regularly scheduled day when flags fly at half-staff is Memorial Day.

National Police Week is recognition by our government that fallen law enforcement officers, as did members of our armed services, died while protecting the lives and freedom of others. As a further reminder, the national Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) organization distributes more than one-and-a-half million blue ribbons for display on cruiser and private auto antennas during Police Week. While the actual dates change from year to year, National Police Week is always the calendar week, beginning on Sunday, that includes May 15.

One year on May 15, my sons and I sat at Busch Stadium in St. Louis in anticipation of a special ceremony honoring peace officers in the region. When the sea of blue and black uniforms marched into sight, my eyes suddenly welled up with tears as I thought of how these brave men and women watch over us day and night. Romans 13 tells us they are God’s representatives for justice, and they are a visible reminder of God’s constant love and care for us. How honored I felt to be part of the police family! Some in the stands may not have had the same highly charged sense of pride I felt that day, but the crowd’s genuine respect for our officers was quite evident in the thunderous applause. It was a time when we remembered those who had fallen, and celebrated the courage of those still in service.

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