The State of Georgia Commemorates Peace Officers Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

In honor of the brave men and women who serve throughout all capacities of law enforcement, the United States Congress has authorized the President of the United States to designate May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week.

In accordance with the proclamation of the president, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has issued an Executive Order that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Georgia be flown at half-staff on all state buildings and grounds on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. This will include the University of West Georgia campus.

Peace Officers Memorial Day was created in 1961 after Congress asked President John F. Kennedy to designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Kennedy then signed the day into a bill on October 1, 1962. In 1994, President Clinton amended the bill so that flags could be flown at half-staff.

Each year, the day brings local, state and federal law enforcement together to participate in a number of events that honor those who have paid sacrifice.

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