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Reminder: Fly Flags At Half Staff On May 15, National Peace Officers Memorial Day

A fitting tribute to the 20,789 law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice throughout U.S. history

May 12, 2016

Washington, DC–Question: On what two days does federal law require American flags to be flown at half-staff? Answer: Memorial Day (the last Monday in May) and May 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day.

This tribute to American law enforcement officers is part of the historic crime bill that President Bill Clinton signed into law 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 each year during which government agencies, businesses and residents are to fly their U.S. flags at half-staff.

“We lower our flags to half-mast on May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day, as we honor the sacrifices of our law enforcement officers, the more than 20,000 men and women whose names grace the Memorial walls, said Craig W. Floyd, Memorial Fund President and CEO. “These officers deserve the same recognition and appreciation that our military service members receive each Memorial Day.”

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

As part of National Police Week, the names of 123 law enforcement officers killed in 2015, as well as 129 officers who died in prior years, will be formally dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, on May 13, during the 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil.

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 About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit organization dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 20,789 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund has begun construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s National Police Week events and activities are supported, in part, by a generous contribution from Target®.

Steve Groeninger

(202) 737-7135

steve@nleomf.org