National Peace Officers Memorial Day- Collins Flags

American Flags at half-staff on Tuesday May 15th

May 15, 2018, in the United States is the merriment of Peace Officers Memorial Day.  On this day we pay tribute to local, State, and Federal peace officers.  Peace Officers Memorial Day was established on October 1, 1961 by the request of Congress to designate May 15th to honor peace officers.  President John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962 and it was amended in 1994 by President Clinton.  The amendment, through Public Law 103-322, directed that the United States flag be flown at half-staff on  May 15th.

Laurie Powell, mother of Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Obendorf, makes a rubbing of her son’s name

One focal point of the holiday is the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall in Washington, D.C.  The wall features the names of more than 21,000 law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Tuesday is one of two days that federal law requires the flag to be flown at half-staff, the other is Memorial day.

“The 143 fallen officers we honor today put themselves on the front lines of that fight, to preserve that quality of community, and to protect the roots of our greatness. They exemplified the very idea of citizenship — that with our God-given rights come responsibilities and obligations to ourselves and to others. They embodied that idea. That’s the way they died. That’s how we must remember them. And that’s how we must live. We can never repay our debt to these officers and their families, but we must do what we can, with all that we have, to live our lives in a way that pays tribute to their memory. That begins, but does not end, by gathering here — with heavy hearts, to carve their names in stone, so that all will know them, and that their legacy will endure. We are grateful to them and we are grateful to you.” – President Barack Obama May 15, 2013

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