Flags lowered to half-staff in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day

A flag flies at half-staff over Dealey Plaza, Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Dallas. After five police officers were killed in a shooting Thursday, a city forever haunted by the assassination of John F. Kennedy is trying to not let the worst America attack on police since Sept. 11 define it again. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Dannel Malloy is directing that all US and state flags in Connecticut be flown at half-staff Monday, May 15, in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

The national observance is a tribute to local, state and federal law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. It is recognized annually during National Police Week.  Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time.

“Dedicating your career towards protecting the safety of others while potentially putting your own life at risk takes a certain kind of person, and we are forever grateful for the service these brave men and women give to our communities,” Governor Malloy said.  “Those who serve in law enforcement deserve our utmost respect for the work they perform each and every day.  They safeguard our families, our homes, and our neighborhoods, and they personify what it means to be a public servant.  The service of those who have given their lives in the line of duty will be forever honored.  On Peace Officers Memorial Day, we pay tribute to the members of the law enforcement community who we’ve lost, and we also honor their families, who have sacrificed so much.  We thank them tremendously.”

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