The month of May brings with it two National days of remembrance. Memorial Day is known by most people as a national holiday, occurring on the last Monday of the month. The significance of it has ebbed over the past several decades, being thought of more as a 3 day holiday; a time for backyard BarB-Que’s and drinking beer and in some cases, watching a military parade. Few can remember how and why it first began near the end of the Civil War. Originally it was called “Decoration Day”, a day to remember those who gave their lives in the defense of our freedom and honor them by placing flowers on their graves.
The second day is National Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15th, annually. This day was set aside by President John Kennedy in October of 1962. Its purpose is to remember all those in Law Enforcement who have died or been disabled in the line of duty.
Both days require that the United States Flag be displayed at “half-staff”. On Memorial Day, the flag remains at half-staff from dawn to Noon. On National Peace Officers Memorial Day, the flag remains at half-staff from dawn to dusk.
- From the Spring 2016 newsletter