President John F. Kennedy by proclamation declared May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Peace Officers Memorial Day, a day set aside to dedicate and honor those peace officers at the federal, state, and local/municipal level “in recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, protect us through enforcement of our laws.” Further, it is also intended to give honor to those who lost their lives or were disabled in the line of duty. The full calendar week in which the May 15th occurs is declared as Peace Officers Memorial Week. This year, the week runs from May 11 through May 17th.
I realize that there are many out there who have poor impressions of law enforcement, due in large measure to some of the highly publicized police-involved shootings nationwide of unarmed citizens, some of which resulted in citizens’ untimely death. But taking into account the more than 1.1 million sworn police officers across the country, most of these fine men and women perform their duties honorably without a blemish to their record. Consequently, Peace Officers Memorial Week and Day provide an opportunity to give them some recognition.
People visit the Nation’s Capital from around the world to take part in the festivities. If you’re interested in participating, visit the National Police Week web site for details.