Each year, the Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary organizes a national memorial service on the day, drawing thousands of people from many parts of the United States. The service is followed by the placement of a memorial wreath at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC. On this day, people are also reminded of the need to be vigilant against all forms of crime.
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.
Peace Officers Memorial Day is held annually in the United States on May 15 in honor of federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. It is observed in conjunction with Police Week.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners desires to recognize the dedication of the many men and women who serve in the Calvert County Detention Center, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, Department of Natural Resources Police, and the Maryland State Fire Marshal.
These courageous individuals choose to wear the uniform, selflessly risking their lives in performance of their duties, serving their communities, knowing full well the dangers and challenges that encompass their day, as they protect and serve the public with pride and dignity.
Peace Officers are the front line in preserving our right to live in a crime-free environment that is all too often threatened by the insidious fear caused by violence in a community. Numerous men and women presently serve Calvert County citizens as guardians of the peace. And the well-being of all citizens of Calvert County is preserved and enhanced as a direct result of the vigilance and commitment of these law enforcement personnel.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners joins our nation in recognizing May 15, 2019, as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, in honor of officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. We call upon the citizens of Calvert County to pause to remember and pay solemn tribute to those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, their families who supported them, and their fellow officers for their devotion.
The commissioners proclaimed that Wednesday, May 15, 2019, be recognized as Law Enforcement Memorial and Appreciation Day in Calvert County and all citizens should observe this date with the appropriate ceremony and display of respect, which these officers have so nobly earned and deserve.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon