National Police Week - May 14 - May 20, 2017
National Peace Officers Memorial Day - May 15, 2017
Every day, police officers leave their homes and families to protect the communities they serve. In performing their duties, they frequently put their lives on the line. Unfortunately, some pay the ultimate price in the course of their duties. These men and women leave behind families and friends.
President John F. Kennedy, in recognition for their efforts and to honor the lives of officers who gave their lives in service, designated May 15 as Police Officers Memorial Day. Subsequently, the week surrounding the memorial day is recognized as National Police Week. This week is filled with many events and workshops for police officers and their families.
The events, held in Washington, DC, draw together between 25,000 to 40,000 officers from around the world to honor their colleagues. Attendees represent every state, territory and departments located around the world. Special programs are held for children, family and co-workers of fallen officers. These events held at Quantico allow children and families to receive grief counseling, develop coping skills and form relationships with others who have been through similar tragedies. Programs for school children are specially designed for their age group.
In 1982, a National Police Officers Memorial Service was organized for approximately 120 survivors and law enforcement supporters. This event is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. Over the years, it has grown into a series of events, including the Candlelight Vigil which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. While the Washington events are limited to law enforcement and survivors, the Candlelight Vigil is a public event. It is a time for citizens and officers to come together and honor the lives and legacies of fallen officers.
Every day law enforcement officers stand in the gap to protect citizens from harmful criminal elements. From local beat cops to federal law enforcement, they all embody the commitment to protect and serve their communities. While you may not be able to travel to Washington, DC for the Candlelight Vigil, you can honor the officers in your area with a Thin Blue Line flag. This is a visible symbol of support for officers and shows them that you value their daily work.
Here at I AmEricas Flags, we salute the hard work and sacrifices that police officers make on our behalf. Join us today and show your support for the brave men and women of law enforcement.