In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week.
Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
Law enforcement is not only an honorable calling, it is also a dangerous one.
In Lubbock County alone, we have lost ten in the line of duty; across our state more than 1,900 Texas peace officers have died in the line of duty.
Consider this: Take time this week to thank a police officer, sheriff's deputy or state trooper for their service.
I also encourage you to take the time this week, as I intend, to talk with your children about respect for law enforcement.
And to those of you who serve, and especially to those who have lost loved ones, we at KCBD NewsChannel 11 salute you and your families for the choices and sacrifices you have made.
We've included the link to the Office Down Memorial Page as well as the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial Monument here:
We want to know what you think. Voice your opinion by commenting below, by e-mailing us at email@example.com or by writing us at:
KCBD-TV Attn: Consider This
5600 Avenue A
Lubbock, TX 79404
'Consider This' is a commentary by KCBD Vice-President and General Manager Dan Jackson.