11741028 878409878902772 808377156759700826 oA memorial honoring fallen law enforcement officers will be held at the Benton Municipal Complex on Wednesday. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. and includes a guest speaker, candlelight vigil, and presentation from the Benton Police Department Honor Guard. You are cordially invited to attend this 2016 Memorial Service honoring all who have given their lives in the line of duty.

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.

Each year our nation loses between 140-160 law enforcement officers in the line of duty. This year we will be honoring 283 Law Enforcement Officers who died serving and protecting others. There have been 34 law enforcement deaths this year in the U.S. (January: 4; February: 10; March: 16; April: 2; and 2 in May). Today, in the United States, more than 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. They serve with valor and distinction – and with great success.

To honor law enforcement officers during National Law Enforcement week (May 15-May 21), you are asked to “Fly The Blue” ribbon on your car antenna, place a blue bow on the front of your home or business, and display a blue light on your porch. If you see an officer, tell them “Thank You”. Cards and letters of appreciation are always welcome at all departments. Recognition of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and those who daily protect and serve is greatly appreciated.