Posted on May 15, 2017
This morning at 6:45 a.m. I had the honor to be on Main Street Grapevine to put out the flags with other Rotarians (and for those of you who know me, early is not my favorite time of the day!!).  Today, we honor Peace Officer Memorial Day.
In 2016 there were 145 deaths, and for 2017, 48 officers have lost their lives protecting and serving our communities.  While there are negative issues with an extremely minor number of officers, the majority are out doing their jobs every day, answering the call at any time.  Please join me today in thanking those men and women for what they do and offering prayers that they go home safely each and every day!!!
Peace Officers Memorial Day in the United States
Peace Officers Memorial Day is held annually in the United States on May 15 in honor of federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. It is observed in conjunction with Police Week.
Peace Officers Memorial Day honors federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.
What Do People Do?
Many people in the United States will pay tribute to officers who lost their lives or were injured in their jobs. According to Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), about 140-160 officers are killed in the line of
duty each year and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss.
Many businesses and community members across the nation, especially those who lost family members, friends or colleagues who were local officers, will lower their flags in remembrance of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Some police departments hold an annual law enforcement memorial ceremony on this day.
Each year, the Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary organizes a national memorial service on the day, drawing thousands of people from many parts of the United States. The service is followed by the placement of a memorial wreath at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC. On this day, people are also reminded of the need to be vigilant against all forms of crime.
Public Life
Peace Officers Memorial Day is an observance but it is not a federal public holiday in the United States. Some people may take some time off work, such as an extended lunch break if a memorial service is held at noon, to attend a memorial service on this day.
The idea of a Peace Officers Memorial Day came into effect on October 1, 1961, when Congress asked the president to designate May 15 to honor law enforcement officers. President John F Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962. Each year, the president of the United States proclaims May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week of each year during which such May 15 occurs as Police Week.

According to the Legal Information Institute, the president is requested to issue a proclamation to: designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day; to direct government officials to display the United States flag at half staff on all government buildings; and to invite state and local governments and the people to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.