This Saturday, May 15th is Peace Officers Memorial Day. This is a day to remember and honor the memory of police officers across the country who have died or been disabled in the line of duty.
This day was established on October 1, 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of those Federal, State and Municipal Police Officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. In 1994, the 103rd Congress, as part of the Violent Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, amended Public Law 87-726. President William J. Clinton then signed Public Law 103-322, which directs that the American Flag on all government buildings be flown at half-staff on May 15 of each year.
Therefore, you will notice that on Saturday, May 15, 2010, the American Flag will be flown at half-staff on all police buildings to honor and remember the Boston Police Officers and all other police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. On this day, all Department and Community members are asked to reflect and honor the memory of all of our officers who have given their lives while protecting others. Thank you.