Peace Officers Memorial Day - 05/15/18
Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed annually on May 15th. On this day, the citizens of the United States pay tribute to the local, state and Federal peace officers. National Police Officers Memorial Day is part of Police Week.
President John F. Kennedy declared the first Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to peace officers and in honor of peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became disabled in the line of duty. At that time, Congress asked the president to designate May 15 as a day to honor peace officers. On October 1, 1962, John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law. In 1994, Bill Clinton made an amendment through Public Law 103-322 that directed the United States flag be flown at half-staff on May 15.
On this day, and every day, it is fitting to honor those peace officers who gave their lives to protect ours, and to thank the law enforcement officers who serve for their dedication and service to our communities.
Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.
If you would like more information about flag lowering, or to receive email notifications from the Governor please visit Gov. Jay Inslee's web page at the link below.