Peace Officers’ Memorial Day

It’s National Police Week, and today is Peace Officers’ Memorial Day. Established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and a joint resolution of Congress, National Police Week pays special tribute to those law-enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Ceremonies are held in Washington, D.C., and in communities across the country. In observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day, both American and state flags at public office buildings will be lowered to half-staff today. Individuals, businesses, organizations, and other government agencies are encouraged to lower their flags in honor of local, state, and federal peace officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty.