Today is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. It began in 1962 when Congress asked President Kennedy to set aside a special day to honor local, state, and federal peace officers. Much of the holiday centers around the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC during Police Week, where the names of over 17,000 peace officers are listed who have fallen in the line of duty.
As a wife to a peace officer for over 20 years, I've seen the effects this job can take on a person. I've also seen the pain, sadness, and despair they experience when they lose one of their own. It's not an easy job and certainly not one I could do. If you wouldn't mind, please take a moment today to think about those men and women who have fallen in the line of duty, as well as those who continue to serve and protect us everyday.