Flags at Half Mast Today for Peace Officers Memorial Day
I don't know about you, but I'm always curious when I see flags flying at half mast. Sometimes I can readily identify who we are mourning based on current events. However, more often than not, I really have no idea why the flags have been lowered and I wish there was some easy way to find out.
You may have noticed that flags in Westfield are flying at half mast (or half staff) today, Tuesday, May 15, 2012. In fact, flags should be at half mast throughout the country today because the president has proclaimed today to be Peace Officers Memorial Day.
By a joint resolution of Congress approved October 1, 1962, as amended (76 Stat. 676), and by Public Law 103 322, as amended (36 U.S.C. 136 137), the President has been authorized and requested to designate May 15 of each year as "Peace Officers Memorial Day" and the week in which it falls as "Police Week."
From the president's proclamation:
"Every day, public safety officers work tirelessly to protect our citizens, enforce our laws, and keep our neighborhoods safe. They report for duty knowing full well the dangers they face and the sacrifices they may be called upon to make. This week, we pay tribute to the thousands of men and women who serve us with extraordinary bravery, and we remember the heroes who have laid down their lives in pursuit of a safer, more just society.
We owe a profound debt to all those who have worn the badge, and to the families whose care enables them to serve with courage and pride. When the unthinkable happens and officers give their lives or are seriously injured in the line of duty, we have an obligation to give their loved ones the support they deserve. During Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we recall the selflessness of our law enforcement officers and their families, and we honor all those who devote their lives to forging a stronger, safer America. Let us reflect on their invaluable contributions as we enjoy the peace they bring to our communities, and let us vow that their service will never be taken for granted."