We don’t often extend sufficient gratitude to the men and women in blue in our communities, those who wear the “uniforms that guard us while we sleep” — to borrow a phrase from novelist Rudyard Kipling.
But this week, National Police Week, we take time out of our busy schedules to stop and honor those who serve in law enforcement and to remember those police officers who have lost their lives in the course of protecting their communities.
According to the Officer Down Memorial, 163 police officers nationwide died in the line of duty in 2018, and 42 thus far in 2019.
Today — Peace Officer Memorial Day, first proclaimed in 1962 by President John Kennedy — all flags will be flown at half-staff to honor deceased officers and their families.
And, at 9 a.m. today at the Kerrville Police Department, the KPD will host a memorial service for police officers fallen in the line of duty. All local agencies and individuals in the community are invited to attend the ceremony to pay their respects.
Police officers bravely do a job many of us could or would not do ourselves, protecting our persons and property under harsh and often terrifying conditions. The anxiety and terror their families must feel waiting for them to come home each night can never be overstated.
And some of them never come home.
Our police force deserves to be treated with dignity and respect at all times, and we take a moment today to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the name of preserving peace and liberty.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,” iconic children’s television personality Fred Rogers once said, “my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
We extend our thanks to all current and former area law enforcement officers.