In 1962, President Kennedy declared May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. This special day of recognizing the sacrifice of our national fallen officers has grown into what is currently known as, “Police Week.” Celebrated in our nation’s capital, Police Week draws between 25,000 and 40,000 attendees made up of police officers, law enforcement agents, families of who’ve lost their loved ones, survivors, and supporters.
Of the many powerful events organized for the week is the Candlelight Vigil, honoring police officers that have given their lives in the service of our communities.
Mo Canady, Safe and Sound Advisor and Executive Director of the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), captured these moments to share at this year’s Candlelight Vigil.
While the Police Week program continues all week in Washington, DC., we ask our Safe and Sound community to remember and recognize the dedication of police officers at home and in our school communities.
To provide some inspiration, we asked a few of our law enforcement friends to share some of the most meaningful gestures they’ve experienced. Here are some of the surprisingly simple answers we received:
- A randomly spoken, “Thank you” from a passerby
- A kind note tucked under the windshield wiper
- Hand-picked bouquets left at the police station from anonymous community members
- Blue ribbons tied around the trees of a community for Police Week
- Rubber memorial bracelets distributed throughout the community
- The artwork of children delivered by a local school (volunteers created a “gallery” at the station for officers to enjoy all year long)
- Lunch donated by a local deli
- A social-media challenge campaign to “Thank an Officer” in the community
- Dinner made and delivered for a fallen police officer’s family
When it comes to the safety of our schools and communities, police are often our most valuable and dedicated partners, and a little recognition goes a long way. Thank a police officer today!