Starting yesterday, May 15, 2017, going through the 21st the nation recognizes our Peace Officers. Peace Officers Memorial Day was started by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 as a way to honor law enforcement; twenty years later the Memorial Service was added and today it kicks off National Police Week.
News and Opinion by C J Oakes
No one will deny that law enforcement is a tough job; it is not for everyone. Nor will anyone deny that the last few years have been especially tough for the folks in blue. Most serve the public interest with honor, helping people in need, keeping the public safe and orderly, and putting their lives on the line every day to fulfill the cause of justice. Nor will anyone deny that there are some among them who dishonor the badge, who bring their brother’s shame, and deny their mission. Regardless of that, we should all find a way to honor both the men and women who continue to serve and those who have fallen.
Nor will anyone deny that there are some among them who dishonor the badge, who bring their brother’s shame, and deny their mission. Regardless of that, all should find a way to honor both the men and women who continue to serve and those who have fallen.
Regardless of that, all should find a way to honor both the men and women who continue to serve and those who have fallen.
As a nation, we have had decades of an ill-fought war against drugs. This war has pitted brother against brother, fathers against sons, mothers against daughters, and more importantly, law enforcement against the public. Personally, I should like to see the end of this war in my lifetime because I have seen how it is ravaging our nation from within. I believe, more than any other cause, the Drug War is undermining respect for law enforcement in our nation.
But we have to have the courage and love for our country to set that aside if only for a few days and recognize that without law enforcement, we would have anarchy, chaos. No civilization can prosper unless there is respect for the rule of law…unless there is order…unless there are those valiant men and women who are willing to draw a line between criminal elements and the greater society to maintain that order. I speak of Peace Officers.
This is a perfect day to remember that the Thin Blue Line does not represent Police Solidarity as some believe but instead the individual Peace Officers themselves. The Thin Blue Line is the individual police officer who places him (or her) self between criminals and the people they serve. They are the protective barrier that keeps us safe and we should never forget that.
Honor the 143 Who Gave Their Lives for US Last Year
Every year, good men and women serving in Law Enforcement give their lives in the fight to protect the public. In 2016, 143 men and women gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live safer, more productive lives. The memorial yesterday highlighted some of these but for a complete listing of all law enforcement officers who were lost last year, visit the Officer Down Memorial Page.
The Officer Down Memorial Page even has a breakdown by State and year so that you may learn of officers who have fallen in the line of duty near you and perhaps find a way to honor these fine men and women.
How can we honor Peace Officers who have fallen in our community?
That is a personal thing. You may consider finding their grave and bring flowers or a flag this week. Or, make a note of their birthday or the day on which they gave their lives. Bring flowers the day before or early the day of. Why then?
Usually, families visit on these days. Imagine the joy they will experience on learning that complete strangers saw fit to honor their loved one. Nothing will bring them back, but the spouses and children need and deserve our support.
That is one way I can think of to honor our fallen Peace Officers. President Trump lit up the White House in blue last night in honor of Peace Officers. That was nice. Maybe someone reading this can do the same next year on May 15th. Think about that. Not only does such a simple thing honor the fallen, but every law enforcement officer striving daily to protect us.
Another thing we can do is as simple as buying a police officer a cup of coffee on a cold morning. I know of one guy who stepped up to the counter in a fast food restaurant where a police officer had just placed his order. The guy told him to put his money away, paid for his meal, and left. Simple. And something most of us can do at some point or another.
The point is, we can all do something for our Peace Officers. They deserve it.