National Police Week / Peace Officers' Memorial Day
Residents of Vernon Hills and other communities throughout America are being asked to observe National Police Week, May 12 – 18, 2019. This annual event runs from the Sunday through Saturday in May that includes May 15, which has been established as Peace Officers' Memorial Day. President John F. Kennedy signed National Police Week into law in 1962.
Many times the public takes for granted that the police are available to serve the community, 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year. Regardless of the weather, the day of the week, or the time of the year, the doors to the police department are never locked. National Police Week is a time for all citizens to recognize and understand the duties and responsibilities of the police department where they live. Citizens should also use this as a time to remember the many sacrifices that law enforcement officers make on a daily basis while protecting their lives and property, including the extreme sacrifice that they may someday have to make - that being their own lives.
At the May 7th meeting of the Vernon Hills Village Board, Village President Roger Byrne read a proclamation regarding National Police Week in Vernon Hills and asked all citizens to observe both Police Week and Peace Officers' Memorial Day.
As required by law, American flags on all government buildings shall be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, May 15. However, everyone is reminded to lower the flag that is flown at homes, agencies or businesses on that day to show support for law enforcement and to honor those police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
This year, the names of 371 officers killed in the line of duty are being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 371 officers include 158 officers who were killed during 2017, plus 231 officers who died in previous years but were determined in 2018 to be line-of-duty deaths.