Peace Officers Memorial Day will be recognized in a special ceremony May 15 at Waxahachie Pocket Park.
All Ellis County agencies will be represented at the ceremony, which will be from 12:15-12:40 p.m. at the park, located at the corner of Franklin and College streets.
This tribute to American law enforcement is part of a historic crime bill signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994. At the request of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Public Law 103-322 designates Peace Officers Memorial Day as one of only two days during which all residents, businesses and government agencies are required to lower their U.S. flags. The other day with this honor is Memorial Day, which commemorates those who died in military service to the country.
“Lowering flags on Peace Officers Memorial Day is an appropriate way to show our respect for those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice and to remember the family, friends and colleagues they left behind,” said Craig W. Floyd, NLEOMF chairman. “It is also an important reminder of the continued service and sacrifice of the 800,000 law enforcement officers who protect our communities and safeguard our democracy day in and day out.”
In 1962, President John Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The calendar week in which May 15 falls is National Police Week, with this year’s commemoration on May 11-17.
As part of the Ellis County program, the names of 22 Texas officers killed in 2007, as well as nine who died in prior years, will be remembered.