The Hopkins County Detachment of the Marine Corps League will pay tribute to Peace Officers Memorial Day on Tuesday May 15th at the Veterans Memorial in Sulphur Springs. Service Flags will be lowered to half Staff at 8 a.m. followed by the Policeman’s Prayer. Then the large U.S. Flag in the center of the plaza will be lowered as taps is played.
Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week is an observance in the United States that pays tribute to the local, state, and Federal peace officers. Police Week is the calendar week in which the Memorial falls. The holiday was created on October 1, 1961, when Congress asked the president to designate May 15 to honor peace officers. John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962. Much of the holiday centers on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall in Washington, D.C., whose walls feature the names of more than 19,000 law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.
The public is invited to observe the event. Coffee and donuts will be served. Flags will be raised to full staff at 5:30 p.m. the same day.