Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week is an observance in the United States that pays tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers.
Locally, the Palestine Police Department, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety would like to invite the public to attend the annual Peace Officers Memorial Day event at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the memorial site located at Avenue A, Oak and Houston streets. Speakers will included Police Chief Robert Herbert, Sheriff Greg Taylor and Anderson County District Attorney Doug Lowe. Refreshments will be provided.
The Peace Officers Memorial Day holiday was created Oct. 1, 1961, when Congress asked the president to designate May 15 to honor peace officers. John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law on Oct. 1, 1962. Amended in 1994, former President Bill Clinton, through Public Law 103-322, directed that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff on May 15.
According to a proclamation by George W. Bush in 2002, “Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week pay tribute to the local, state, and federal law enforcement officers who serve and protect us with courage and dedication. These observances also remind us of the ongoing need to be vigilant against all forms of crime, especially to acts of extreme violence and terrorism.”
Much of the observation centers on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., whose walls feature the names of more than 19,000 law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. Police Week falls in the same calendar week in which the memorial falls.