On October 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed a bill into law which designates May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day. In 1994 President Bill Clinton amended that bill to include the directive that flags be flown at half-staff. In 1982 an annual Memorial Service gathering in Washington DC’s Senate Park began and later became known as Police Week.
Those who serve in law enforcement today do so for two reasons: to protect and serve the citizens of this great country, and to keep a promise to those who did so before them that they will continue to hold the blue line. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall located in our country’s capitol features the names of more than 20,000 of our blue brothers and sisters who have been killed in the line of duty. There are Alaskans on that wall. There are APD names on that wall.
This Friday, May 10th, we will hold our local Police Memorial Day Ceremony at the State Crime Lab at 4805 Doctor Martin Luther King Drive. The service begins at 3PM and we would be honored if you would join us.
We are blessed to serve in a community that has steadfastly supported us. For that, we thank you.
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