Peace Officers Memorial DayPeace Officers Memorial Day is an observance but it is not a federal public holiday in the United States. Some people may take some time off work, such as an extended lunch break if a memorial service is held at noon, to attend a memorial service on this day.
The idea of a Peace Officers Memorial Day came into effect on October 1, 1961, when Congress asked the president to designate May 15 to honor law enforcement officers. President John F Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962. Each year, the president of the United States proclaims May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week of each year during which such May 15 occurs as Police Week.
According to the Legal Information Institute, the president is requested to issue a proclamation to: designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day; to direct government officials to display the United States flag at half staff on all government buildings; and to invite state and local governments and the people to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
Peace Officers Memorial Day Observances
In honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, officers from Law Enforcement agencies throughout Brown County will be standing “watch” at the law enforcement memorial located outside the Green Bay Police Department, 307 S. Adams St. This will commence at 10:00am on Tuesday, May 15th, and conclude at 8:00pm. Anyone is welcome to stop by and give a moment of silence in honor of all law enforcement officers. - See more at: http://nixle.com/alert/4825070/#sthash.SQ81Uq1a.dpuf