Flags will be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day. This is a day to honor and remember the dedication and selfless sacrifice of the local, state and federal law enforcement officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.
The idea for this day originated on October 1st, 1961 when Congress asked the president to designate May 15th to honor law enforcement officers. President John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1st, 1962. The law was amended by President Bill Clinton in 1992 to direct that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff on May 15th.
Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed in conjunction with National Police Week , which pays tribute to all law enforcement officers. National Police Week is observed each year in the calendar week during which May 15th falls.