Today is National Peace Officer Memorial Day.
The day of remembrance, first established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. National Peace Officer Memorial Day is one of a series of events held during National Police Week, which began yesterday. The principle organizers of National Police Week are the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Fraternal Order of Police, and Concerns of Police Survivors.
President Donald Trump also issued a statement this morning, proclaiming National Peace Officer Memorial Day, saying, "Police officers are the thin blue line whose sacrifices protect and serve us every day, and we pledge to support them as they risk their lives to safeguard ours."
The Amarillo Police Department released a statement reminding residents of the day of remembrance. In Amarillo, residents will be recognizing National Peace Officer Memorial Day, by gathering at Llano Cemetery at 5:30pm to honor officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. An honor guard made up of officers from the Amarillo Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, and both Potter and Randall County Sheriff’s Offices will present the colors. A traditional rendition of taps and a bagpipe performance will also occur.