Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
This year, the official dates for National Police Week are May 13 - May 19, but many activities take place outside these dates. For instance, the state of Illinois has a police procession from a Springfield church (following a "Blue Service") to the state capitol for a ceremony on the first Thursday of May each year. Activities in Washington, DC begin as early as May 2nd, but most are scheduled between May 13th - May 19th.
There are several things that communities and churches can do to honor the fallen. First, we can all pray for the family, friends, and loved ones of those who have fallen, and for all those who continue to serve. Other options include: