Peace Officers Memorial Day: American Flags Flown at Half-Staff in Honor of Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

Today, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, the American Flags at all police buildings are being flown at half-staff to honor and remember the service and sacrifice of Boston Police Officers and police officers all around the country who have been hurt, harmed or killed protecting and serving citizens of our fine nation. On this day, we kindly ask community members and department members alike to reflect on and honor the memory of all of our officers who have given their lives while protecting others.

The history and origination of Peace Officers Memorial Day has local ties to our region and state. In fact, over a half century ago, on October 1, 1962, 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.

Said President Kennedy, "It is fitting and proper that we express our gratitude for the dedicated service and courageous deeds of law enforcement officers and for the contributions they have made to the security and well-being of all our people."

Thirty years later, in 1994, 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 15th of each year. The enclosed photo shows the flag that stands beside the BPD Memorial adjacent to BPD Headquarters accordingly being flown at half-staff.