Law enforcement officers are people like you and me who want to make a difference. Serving the communities that we all share is just a part of what these humble heroes do. Standing up for those who can not stand up for themselves is just in their blood. Despite the dangers, they proudly put on their uniforms and badges every day, for us.
National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day has become a day for us to unite as a community and to honor those who have given their lives to protect us, our families and our freedom. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy declared May 15th as the day dedicated to honor all American heroes who have made this ultimate sacrifice.
President John F. Kennedy's proclamation states :
National Police Week reminds us all of the tremendous sacrifice that those who choose careers in law enforcement may be called to make, and it gives each of us an opportunity to appreciate all of those who have answered the call to stand firm on the thin blue line.
John F. Kennedy: "Proclamation 3537 - Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week," May 4, 1963. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=24099.