American Flags at Half-Staff this Week to Honor Officers of the Law Who Have Died in the Line of Duty.
Today marks the beginning of National Police Week. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week. This week we pay tribute to the local, state, and Federal peace officers that risk their life’s to protect and serve. The activities encompassing the commemorative week started in 1982, when 120+ survivors and supporters of law enforcement professionals gathered for a memorial service. Today, the memorial service is one of several events hosted throughout the week, a Candlelight Vigil and seminars among other planned activities, which attracts thousands of visitors to Washington D.C. for National Police Week. In honor and remembrance of the police officer who have lost their lives in the line of duty, we fly our American Flags at half-staff. We honor the more than 19,000 names on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial of law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.
This week we pay tribute to people, such as Shawn Schneider (above), a police officer who was shot and killed this past December. Tomorrow, on Peace Officer Memorial Day, his name will be revealed on the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial in Washington, D.C. His fellow Lake City officers wanted to be there to pay their respect when his name is revealed, so the community has raised money through donations and a bake sale to help get them to Washington. In Minnesota, officers from across the state will stand guard for 24 hours at the Peace Officers’ Memorial on the state capitol grounds at 7 p.m. today. The officers will walk a blue line, which is symbolic of the barrier between citizens and chaos. When an officer is killed or injured, that line is said to be broken. This week is to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our law enforcement officers.
In memory of Shawn Schneider
Credit: Jennie Olson, KSTP.com