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On October 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of those Federal, State and Municipal Police Officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.

In 1994, the 103rd Congress, as part of the Violent Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, amended Public Law 87-726.  President William J. Clinton then signed Public Law 103-322, which directs that the American Flag on all government buildings be flown at half-staff on May 15th of each year.

On Saturday, May 15, 2021, the American Flag and all other flags on Boston Police facilities will be flown at half-staff on all police buildings to honor and remember the Boston Police Officers and all other police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  On this day, all Department Members are asked to reflect and honor the memory of all of our officers who have given their lives while protecting others.

In addition, due to current circumstances, the observances held in Washington DC by the National Law Enforcement Memorial, including the traditional candlelight vigil, have been canceled.  As noted in a prior notice, a virtual candlelight vigil is planned for Thursday, May 13, 2021. 

For more information about the National Law Enforcement Memorial please visit their website at https://nleomf.org/.