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Peace Officers Memorial Day is May 15

Wednesday, May. 15, 2013

Peace Officers Memorial Day, an annual observance in the United States, is marked May 15 in honor of federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty and is held in conjunction with Police Week. In honor of the day, flags are flown at half-staff.

The holiday observance was created Oct. 1, 1961, when the U.S. Congress asked the president to designate May 15 to honor peace officers. The bill was signed into law by U.S. President John F. Kennedy Oct. 1, 1962. The legislation was amended in 1994 when U.S. President Bill Clinton directed that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff on May 15.

Each year the president issues a proclamation in observance of the day. In compliance with that proclamation, Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert has authorized the lowering of the state of Utah’s flag in addition to the flag of the United States of America.

All flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset May 15, 2013.

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