Today, flags fly at half-staff and thousands gather in Washington, DC to honor the memories of police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The 33rd year of the Memorial Services falls on the Thursday of National Police Week, which concludes on May 17th.
“Just as police officers never let down their guard, we must never let slide our gratitude,” President Obama stated in a White House Press Release. “We should extend our thanks not only in times of tragedy, but for every tragedy averted — every accident avoided because a patrol officer took a drunk driver off the streets, every child made safer because a criminal was brought to justice, every life saved because police officers raced to the scene. In other words, we must show our gratitude every day.”
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, there have been 42 Line of Duty Deaths in 2014, including Detective John Hobbs of the Phoenix Police Department in early March. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families, friends and coworkers of these men and all other peace officers who have lost their lives.