WYOMING – President Donald Trump recently designated Wednesday, May 15th, as Peace Officers Memorial Day, as part of longer national “Police Week” (May 12 – May 18th). In response, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has ordered both the U.S. and Wyoming flags to be flown at half-staff around the state tomorrow. (May 15th)

The President’s proclamation read, in part: “Our Nation’s law enforcement officers serve with courage, dedication, and strength.  They fearlessly enforce our laws, even at the risk of personal peril, safeguarding our property, our liberty, and our lives.  We owe them, and their families, our full and enduring support.”

Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day are days set aside to allow Americans to express gratitude to our Nation’s law enforcement officers and to honor those brave men and women who have fallen in the line of duty.

Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world.

May 15 was first designated as Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962, by President John F. Kennedy. The Memorial Service was held for the first time in 1982 at Senate Park, where approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement had gathered.