Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Flags at half staff for fallen peace officers

Flags at half staff for fallen peace officers

The last Mansfield police officer to lose his life in the line of duty was Brian D. Evans on December 26, 2007. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2017, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 14 through May 20, 2017, as Police Week.

The Peace Officers Memorial Day occurs annually on May 15 which was designated by President John F. Kennedy in 1962.

As we acknowledge your service, we gather to honor the sacrifice and we trust to comfort the families of members of our law enforcement community who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Already this year, he noted 118 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty.

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Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day with all US and state flags flying at half-staff until sunset.

"Thank you for sharing your fathers and your sons and your brothers with us", Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes said.

Those 18 officers, along with fallen officers from years past, were remembered at Tuesday's memorial service at DPS Headquarters. To all Americans watching this event today, next time you see a cop on the beat, take a moment to say two wonderful words which they so readily deserve: "Thank you".

Trump said it is his duty as president to keep America safe "from crimes, safe from terrorism and safe from all enemies - foreign and domestic". We're able to use a lot more verbalization.

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The findings, released by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, showed 135 officers were killed in 2016, a 56 percent increase over 2015, marking the highest number of police fatalities since 2011.

Lee and Moss, who were most recently added to the local memorial, also have been added to the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

A wreath was placed at the Fallen Peace Officer Memorial in Sunner Park in Cedar Rapids to remember fallen officers.

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