Honor Our Peace Officers in Your Own Way This Week

Black field with the Thin Blue Line, Arial type in white over the blue reads, How can we honor the line? Caption reads, May 15, 2017 like every year marks the start of Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. How can we honor those who have fallen and those who serve every day to keep peace and order in our nation? Surely, we can all find a way. CC image by criminaljusticelaw.org may be used with attribution.




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

English: National Law Enforcement Officers Mem...
English: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

English: National Law Enforcement Officers Mem...
English: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Candlelight Vigil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

English: National Law Enforcement Officers Mem...
English: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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?

Black field with the Thin Blue Line, Arial type in white over the blue reads, How can we honor the line? Caption reads, May 15, 2017 like every year marks the start of Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. How can we honor those who have fallen and those who serve every day to keep peace and order in our nation? Surely, we can all find a way. CC image by criminaljusticelaw.org may be used with attribution.
May 15, 2017 like every year marks the start of Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. How can we honor those who have fallen and those who serve every day to keep peace and order in our nation? Surely, we can all find a way. Image Source CriminalJusticeLaw.org may be used with attribution.

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.



Polce need to eat too. Maybe next time someone can pick up the tab just to say “Thanks.”

CJOakes
President, Publisher at Criminal Justice Law
C J Oakes is an author and freelance writer from Lubbock, TX, USA. In addition to this website, he operates OakesWriting.com and BuyLocalLubbock.com.

As an author, he has numerous books to his credit including the best-selling Survive and Thrive After the Collapse of the Dollar series. In addition, he has written over a hundred books for clients since 2011 and has created innumerable web pages for law firms around the nation.

Justice is a passion for Mr. Oakes. He believes that the scales of justice are never balanced, but it is the duty of each citizen to do their part to re-calibrate the scales as needed. When the scales of justice shift too far to one side, they must be returned a near as possible to center. So he built this site with the goal of helping students of criminal justice understand how to apply the principles needed for re-calibrating the scales.

This site is owned by JOakesEntertainment.