Gov. Whitmer requests flags remain at full-staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day

(Source: Joint Base Charleston)
(Source: Joint Base Charleston)
Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 4:49 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Michigan residents and businesses are asked to keep their flags at full-staff on Saturday in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an a request for flags to fly at full-staff all day Saturday in memory of public safety officials who died in the line of duty.

Normally, flags are lowered for Peace Officers Memorial Day, but President Joe Biden made a national proclamation that also designates Saturday as Armed Forces Day. Whitmer still wanted to honor the men and woman who gave their lives in service to their communities.

“We owe these fallen men and women a debt that we cannot pay back, and we are grateful for their service to our communities,” Whitmer said.

Congress established National Police Week in 1962 to recognize law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. Police Week takes place from May 10 to 16 this year.

Peace Officers Memorial Day falls within National Police Week, which was established by Congress in 1962 to recognize law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and is observed from Sunday, May 10 through Saturday, May 16 of this year.

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