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Peace Officer Memorial Day

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If you are driving down Main Street Grapevine today, and notice American flags lining the roadway. You may wonder why the Rotary Club puts out the flags on May 15th. It’s because today is Peace Officer Memorial Day.

The History Behind It

Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week is an observance in the United States. It was created to pay tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty. The formal memorial is on May 15th, and Police Week is the calendar week in which the memorial falls. The holiday was created on October 1st, 1961, when Congress authorized the president to designate May 15th to honor peace officers. John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1st, 1962. The proclamation was signed by President Kennedy.

According to FBI statistics, 106 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents in 2018. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund puts that number at 144, with 11 officers killed in Texas alone. The Officer Down Memorial Page jumps the number of officers killed in 2018 to 163, including officers who died from 9/11-related illnesses. No matter what stats are used, however, all officers willingly answer the call to serve and protect. This week, known as National Police Week, honors the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers.

Recognizing Our Local Officers

Last week Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate proclaimed this week as Police Week, calling on citizens to commemorate police officer’s past and present. Mayor Pro Tem Darlene Freed presented the proclamation to Chief Mike Hamlin last week at City Council.  You may view the proclamation displayed in the lobby of Grapevine PD.

No matter how they may have impacted your life, let’s take a moment to thank the men and women who choose to serve and protect our communities every day!