I am ashamed to admit I did not know anything about this holiday and I bet a lot of others didn't either. Tammy Lankford posted this so a thank you to her for the reminder.
If you like me have a law enforcement officer in your family then you may know that on October 1, 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed into law Peace Officer Memorial Day which occurs annually on May 15th and that the week it falls on is Police Week. In 1994 President Bill Clinton amended the law and declared flags be flown at half staff that day all over the United States.
But tomorrow chances are your town flags will not be at half staff and everyone will be working and banks and schools will be open and no one will even notice. But for the families of the 166 officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2011, the 163 officers lost in the line of duty in 2010, the 138 lost in 2009 and so on... those families will know. Those families will likely not only remember the fallen, but honor those who stand guard over our safety ever day.
My husband belongs to an organization called CPO. One of the things they send to him annually is a calendar. That calendar hangs on the pantry door in my kitchen. I look at it every single day. Not a week goes by without multiple names of those fallen. Every morning when I look at that calendar I pray for the family of any name that appears that day. Tomorrow I will not only pray for all their families, but I will honor those that still stand watch over us. I challenge you to do the same.
- Write a post
- Thank an officer
- Thank a family of a fallen officer for their sacrifice
- Bake something and deliver to your local station
- Make sure your local officials will fly their flags at half mast
I challenge each of you to find some small way to honor Peace Officers. And to take a moment to visit the following websites to see the names of those fallen. Do not let them be forgotten. Choose someone from your state and make a donation in their memory. More than 19,000 law enforcement lives have been lost in the line of duty in our country's history. Honor those who stand in our protection. Remember those who have fallen doing the same.
For those who serve and those who have fallen I give my heartfelt thanks. Thank you for daily putting your life on the line in order to protect others. I know you work hours that are too long for pay that is too short. I know you often think of the protection of others before you think of your own. I know your schedule often makes you miss events and the opportunity to be with your own family in crisis and times of emergencies. I know the vest you must wear is heavy and hot. I know you do not take deadly force lightly and when it comes to that it leaves a heavy burden for you to carry. Thank you for all you do. Thank you for choosing to serve to protect my family.
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