National Peace Officers Memorial Day

53 officers have laid down their lives so far in 2018

A poignant reminder from the Brewster Police Department:

In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

This year, the observance of National Peace Officers Memorial Day is particularly poignant with the recent loss of Sgt. Sean Gannon of the Yarmouth Police Department. The stark reality of what officers risk every day was brought home to Cape Cod through this tragedy.

Today we recognize and honor the 53 officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty in 2018, and the 20,000+ whose names are inscribed on the wall at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C.

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