The Wapakoneta Police Department is recognizing National Peace Officer Memorial Day today, honoring all law enforcement officials who have died in the line of duty.
“We typically fly our flags at half staff for the week in recognition of all the law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty,” Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock said. “We also wear mourning bands across our badges. This is also in recognition of all those who’ve given their life.”
The day of recognition began in 1962, with a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy dedicating the week of May 15 as Police Week.
According to policeweek.org, a memorial service held in Washington D.C. in 1982 has continued in honor of the fallen officers, and, currently, the annual event draws between 25,000 to 40,000 survivors, officers and people interested in paying respects every year.
For the full story, see the Thursday, May 15 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.