It is not how these officers died that makes them heroes, it is how they lived.

Today is Police Memorial Day.  In 1962 President John F. Kennedy named May 15th Police Memorial Day, setting aside a date each year to honor those who lost their lives serving their communities.  And the week in which it falls is known as Police Memorial Week.  In Washington, D.C. there is a National Law Enforcement Memorial–if you visit Washington be sure to stop and visit it. On the memorial is inscribed the name of each officer killed in the line of duty.  Having been there myself, I can tell you that it is a moving experience.  During this important week, thousands of law enforcement officers attend events at the memorial to commemorate fellow officers.  

The title of this post is a phrase coined by a survivor–someone who lost a loved one who is now memorialized on those walls.   

We honor Police Memorial Day by having our Department Awards Recognition event during this week where we recognize the work and achievements of our department members.


I ask you to take a minute today to reflect on the sacrifices of police officers across this country and how they contribute to the quality of your life every day.







If you would like to know more about police officers killed in the line of duty, click here.  And for more about the memorial itself,  click here.




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I'm the Chief of Police for the Auburn Hills Police Department.