JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The flags of the United States and the State of Missouri at all government buildings in Missouri will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday,May 15 in honor of Missouri’s Peace Officers Memorial Day, so designated by a 1996 state law.
However, it was in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.
Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The day commemorates the sacrifices of the federal, state, county and municipal peace officers who have been killed or disabled in the performance of their duties.
“This is another way in which we can honor those Missouri law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice as they protected our safety,” Gov. Nixon said. “When Missourians see the lowered flags on Thursday, it will serve as a reminder of the courage and selflessness of those who guard our safety every day.”