Why flags will be at half staff: May 15, 2018

by beth on May 14, 2018

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Flags in Southborough and across the nation will be flying at half staff tomorrow, May 15th, in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day. The annual observance honors law enforcement personnel who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.

The Presidential Proclamation is below:

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 15, 2018, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 13 through May 19, 2018, as Police Week

On Peace Officers Memorial Day and during Police Week, we acknowledge the incredible service and sacrifices law enforcement personnel make each day for their fellow Americans. The brave men and women of our Nation’s law enforcement work long hours, often in dangerous situations, to protect our lives, liberty, and property. We also take this opportunity to pay tribute to law enforcement personnel who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. We will never forget their courage.

In addition to expressing our appreciation for our dedicated law enforcement professionals, we must equip them to carry out the tremendous responsibility of keeping our communities safe. Through the Department of Justice, my Administration will continue to provide our Nation’s law enforcement agencies with the resources they need and deserve to keep our citizens safe and our communities secure. This includes providing substantial funding for hiring additional police officers, training for active shooter situations, and improving the safety of our Nation’s schools.

My Administration will also continue to advance the National Blue Alert Network, an emergency alert and early warning system that protects America’s law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. The Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission worked together to establish a dedicated Emergency Alert System event code. This code facilitates rapid dissemination of critical information to law enforcement agencies and the public about violent offenders who have killed, seriously injured, or who pose an imminent and credible threat to law enforcement officers. The exceptional men and women of law enforcement work every day to protect our lives, and this code helps us protect theirs.

The safety and health of our officers must be a priority for all Americans. Every day, members of law enforcement risk their lives in service to those they have pledged to protect and defend. We must not take their devotion to duty for granted, and we must do everything in our power to ensure their physical and mental well-being. Earlier this year, I was pleased to sign into law the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017, which helps provide police officers the resources they need to deal with job stress and trauma associated with their demanding career field.

The work of law enforcement officers is essential to preserving peace in our communities and to ensuring the safety of precious lives and personal property. My Administration proudly salutes the patriots in law enforcement who selflessly serve our Nation. We also solemnly acknowledge our debt to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. These officers and their families have our prayers and unwavering gratitude.

By a joint resolution 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.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2018, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 13 through May 19, 2018, as Police Week. In humble appreciation of our hardworking law enforcement officers, Melania and I will light the White House in blue on May 15. I call upon all Americans to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I also call on the Governors of the States and Territories and officials of other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day. I further encourage all Americans to display the flag at half‑staff from their homes and businesses on that day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eleventh day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

(photo from Susan Fitzgerald)

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Curtis May 15, 2018 at 9:27 AM

Good call Mr. President. I’m glad you’re working hard to make America great again. Thanks you for honoring our loyal & hard working Police men & women.

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2 belinda May 15, 2018 at 3:12 PM

Yeah Curtis – this PROVES he is making America great again! (sarcasm) – In the juxtaposition of all that he is doing to kill the spirit and all things truly in the American Democracy he fails ever single day. Is he talked? Then he is lieing..

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3 beth May 15, 2018 at 3:43 PM

I’m wondering if your comment reflects that you think the public honoring is new under President Trump.

The honoring of the day isn’t new to the current president. I somehow missed, and therefore didn’t share, the emailed notices in 2016 & 2017. But the posting of or linking to Presidential Proclamations related to Peace Officers Memorial Day on the blog dates back to 2012. I’m guessing that the tradition of Presidential Proclamations acknowledging the day goes back much further, probably to the start in 1961.

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4 Joyce May 15, 2018 at 1:59 PM

Thank you President Trump for your consideration and for honoring our men in Blue who risk their lives and have lost their lives to protect us everyday.

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5 Southboro92 May 15, 2018 at 6:39 PM

men & women in Blue :)

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6 Eric Lane May 16, 2018 at 10:18 AM

Thank you Mr. President for letting us acknowledge the fact that these officers put there life on the line every day and some give all.

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7 Alayne May 16, 2018 at 4:21 PM

Thank you Mr. President!

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