It makes me sick that I forgot to post this holiday on the 15th. I am truly sorry...Please take a few minutes today - and every day - to think about those who protect our homes and streets.
In 1962 the date of May 15th was designated as Peace Officer's Memorial Day, "in honor of the Federal, State, and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty."
On this day the flag should be flown at half-staff for the full day, unless May 15th happens to also be the third Saturday in May (ARMED FORCES DAY). On the rare occasion when both holidays fall on the same date, the flag is to be flown at the full-staff.
We should honor and thank every Peace Office. Their service is equal to that of our Armed Forces as the defenders of our communities, which are often as dangerous as any war-zone.
Visit the Officer Down Memorial Page..It's a little over 1/3 through the year, and we already have over 41 peace officers killed in the line of duty. 120 were killed in 2012.
The streets of the U.S. aren't 'war-zones,' but our peace officers aren't outfitted with helmets and M-16's, and function in a position of weakness in the desire to be seen as 'peace officers.'
We should keep these great men and women in our heart at all times, but especially on this day...AMERICA'S PEACE OFFICERS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!