TOWNSEND — 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, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty while ensuring the safety and protection of others. National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community and those that have lost their lives in the line of duty. At the national event, and in communities across the county there will be prayer services and recognition activities.

During the week, Townsend Police Officer will be wearing commemorative badges and on National Peace Officer Memorial Day, at 8 a.m. on May 15, the Townsend Police Department will be placing flowers in front of the station and will be conducting a brief ceremony as it puts the flag at half- staff honoring fallen officers.

“Already this year, the law enforcement profession has lost 51 officers and six K-9 partners through line of duty deaths,” Bailey said. “Thousands of law enforcement representatives from across the county will gather in Washington DC during National Police Week to honor those who have lost their lives in their quest to keep our communities safe.”

Members of the community are invited to join the Townsend Police Department during this brief ceremony in remembrance of all line of duty deaths. National Police Week is also a time to stop and thank a member of the law enforcement community for their service.

“The profession is dangerous,” Bailey said. “We know that when we enter the academy, but nothing takes away the pain and sadness that we feel when a member of the profession loses their life while bravely protecting others.”