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Celebrating Peace Officers Memorial Day

Celebrating Peace Officers Memorial Day

Happy May 15th! In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed this day as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls to be National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress, National Police Week pays special recognition to local, State and Federal law enforcement officers—particularly those who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

On this day, flags are flown at half-staff in memory of the officers who have fallen in the line of duty. Organizations such as the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA) and Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) come together to commemorate this week and honor the officers.

How can you celebrate Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week and pay homage to officers around the country? Here are some ideas to get started.

1. Thank your local police station.
One simple way to recognize Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week is to thank your local police station. This can be anything from drafting an email, writing a Facebook post or stopping by the station.

Put together a basket of goodies for the officers to enjoy, or, if you have children, have them write handwritten notes thanking the officers for their service. In an often thankless profession, this is a great opportunity to give officers valuable gratitude.

2. Recognize their service.
According to COPS, about 140-160 officers are killed while on duty each year. Today, FOPA will organize the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The event often draws thousands of people from all over the U.S. who come to recognize the service of the nation’s officers.

It will be followed by the placement of a memorial wreath at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall, which features the names of more than 19,000 law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

While it can be pretty difficult to travel all the way to Washington, D.C., you can still recognize the service of officers past and present. Take some time today to share the occasion with your loved ones, learn about the value of the police force or even get to know an officer. The more we understand and share in the significance of peace officers, the more we can appreciate their service for public safety.

3. Use #PeaceOfficersMemorialDay.
Finally, share the news about Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week by posting about it on social media with the hashtags #PeaceOfficersMemorialDay and #NationalPoliceWeek. This will continue to help get the word out about this day and encourage others to get involved. Officers themselves will even be able to see these hashtags and feel the appreciation all across the country.

Today, live an altruistic life by celebrating Peace Officers Memorial Day and continue this week by commemorating National Police Week. Together, we can recognize the officers who have given their lives in service of others, and come together as one in conversation of how to best serve the world.

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