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This week from May 13th to the 19th is National Police Week.  Yesterday, the 15th was Peace Officers Memorial Day, a time to pay tribute to all the fallen police officers from the last year and years past.  Yesterday at the U.S. Capitol, President Obama delivered remarks for representatives of Law Enforcement Organizations from throughout the country and around the world, as well as family survivors of officers killed in the line of duty.  Flags throughout the country were flown at half-mast in honor of the fallen.

From the President addressed the crowd with the following:

Every American who wears the badge knows the burdens that come with it — the long hours and the stress; the knowledge that just about any moment could be a matter of life or death.  You carry these burdens so the rest of us don’t have to.

And this shared sense of purpose brings you together, and it brings you to our nation’s capital today.  You come from different states and different backgrounds and different walks of life, but I know that you come here as a community:  one family, united by a quiet strength and a willingness to sacrifice on behalf of others.

The rest of us can never fully understand what you go through.  But please know that we hold you in our hearts — not just today, but always.  We are forever in your debt.  And it is on behalf of all of us, the entire American people, that I offer my thoughts, my prayers, and my thanks

According to, President Kennedy, in 1962, “signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.”.  First attended in 1982, the memorial initially drew 120 survivors and law enforcement supporters.  It has grown to thousands from around the world with many events and gatherings throughout the week.

Our country lost over 160 law enforcement officers last year.  These dedicated people serve each and every day in a variety of conditions and environments.  The thing they all have in common is that they never know what each situation they find themselves in will bring them, and sometimes the most benign of situations can have the most hazardous of impacts.  Police officers walk the fine line between their own safety and that of the public with which they have sworn their protection, all too often the tragic consequences of that dedication leaves family members to sit in grief and wondering why.

As you read the morning paper each day this week and watch the ever present news cycle during the day, pay close attention to the number of times you see law enforcement serving and protecting the public.  Put aside the sensationalized and more rare than common negative incidents you may hear about police or their departments and think about how you or your family may have been affected, all those times you may never have known, that a police officer may have just saved your life or that of a family member because they were doing the job that only a few will do.