National Police Week Honors Those Who Protect Us
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Over the years, National Police Week has become an opportunity to reflect and thank those who protect and serve us every single day.
During Police Week, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C. to participate in events that honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. As part of the ceremony, law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty are added to the Memorial Wall that carries the names of more than 16,000 officers. The memorial service is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and features a solemn wreath laying ceremony.
Tragically, this year, we had to add two of our very own to the Memorial Wall. Joseph Peter Zangaro and Ronald Kienzle, both of whom sadly lost their lives during the Berrien County Courthouse shooting that occurred in July of 2016. We must continue to keep those affected in our hearts and never forget the ultimate sacrifice they made.
As Police Week comes to a close, I want to thank our men and women in uniform, and their families, for their service and dedication to our communities and country.