May 15, 2013

(Left) The flag at Bethany Village in Centerville, Ohio today in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Flags at statehouses across the country will fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset today in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

President Barack Obama ordered flags be flown at half-staff.

From the official proclamation:

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2013, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 12 through May 18, 2013, as Police Week. I call upon all Americans to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I also call on Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day. I further encourage all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on that day.”

This week is also National Police Week.