Peace Officers Memorial Day will be recognized from 12:15-12:40 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in a ceremony at the Waxahachie Pocket Park by the Ellis County Courthouse, at the intersection of Franklin and College streets.
A roll call will be conducted; all Ellis County agencies will be represented.
This annual tribute to American law enforcement is part of the 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 also is 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 May 13-19.
As part of National Police Week, the names of 145 law enforcement officers killed in 2006, as well as 237 others who died in prior years, will be formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., during the 19th annual candlelight vigil the evening of May 13.