Peace Officers Memorial Day is a national United States observance established by Congress in 1962. This day is dedicated to honoring the law enforcement officers who have lost their lives while serving and protecting their communities. The day serves as a reminder of the risks and sacrifices that come with being a police officer.
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, more than 23,000 brave law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty since 1838.
Peace Officers Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by these brave men and women and to express gratitude for their service. It is also a time to show support for the families and loved ones of those who have been lost.
How is Peace Officers Memorial Day Observed?
Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed in various ways across the United States. The most common way to observe this holiday is by flying American flags at half-staff in honor of the fallen officers. Many communities also hold memorial services and vigils to remember those who have died.
In Washington D.C., the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial holds a candlelight vigil every year during National Police Week. The vigil is attended by thousands of law enforcement officers and their families from across the country. During the vigil, the names of officers who have died in the line of duty in the previous year are added to the memorial wall.
Peace Officers Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the brave men and women who have lost their lives while serving as law enforcement officers. This day serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers and their families and a time to show support for those affected by their loss. Let us never forget the sacrifices made by these brave individuals to ensure the safety and security of our communities.