Sunday, May 15, 2011
Peace Officer Memorial Day
87th Congress of the United States of America 76 STAT 676
To authorize the President to proclaim May 15 of each year as Peace Officer’s Memorial Day and the calendar week of each year during which such May 15 occurs as Police Week.
Whereas the police officers of America have worked devotedly and selflessly in behalf of the people of this Nation, regardless of the peril or hazard to themselves; and
Whereas these officers have safeguarded the lives and property of their fellow Americans; and
Whereas by the enforcement of our laws, these same officers have given our country internal freedom from fear of the violence and civil disorder that is presently affecting other nations;
Whereas these men and women by their patriotic service and their dedicated efforts have earned the gratitude of the Republic;
Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representative of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President is authorized and requested to issue proclamations (1) designating May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of the Federal, State, and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty, (2) designating in each year the calendar week during which May 15 occurs as Police Week, in recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our midst to protect us through the enforcement of our laws, and (3) inviting the governments of the State and communities and the people of the United States to observe such day and week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
Approved October 1, 1962