Friday, May 15, 2009

May 15: America's Other Memorial Day

"Reminder: Fly flags at half staff on May 15, 2009" (May 15, 2009)

"On Friday, May 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day, flags across the United States are to be flown at half-staff in remembrance of the 18,661 law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty throughout our nation's history.

"This special tribute to America's fallen law enforcement officers was included in the historic crime bill that President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1994...."

Keep reading, and you'll find that "...In 1962, President John F. Kennedy and Congress designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The calendar week in which May 15 falls is National Police Week; this year's commemoration occurs from May 10-16...."

There's a pretty good set of 19 photos of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial near the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. at

More at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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