OBSERVING PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY
WHEREAS, the State of Michigan, from its earliest days, has been blessed with men and women of courage who have dedicated their lives to keeping peace in our communities;
WHEREAS, the People of the State of Michigan owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women of our law enforcement community who put their lives at risk to protect us and ensure the safety of our neighborhoods, homes, and families;
WHEREAS, since 1792, more than 17,500 peace officers have been killed in the line of duty in the United States;
WHEREAS, their supreme sacrifices remind us of the remarkable commitment that peace officers have made to preserve our safety and well-being;
WHEREAS, Congress, under Public Law 105-225, 36 USC 136, established May 15th of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day;
WHEREAS, Public Law 105-225, 36 USC 136, also provided for the flag of the United States of America to be flown at half-staff on May 15th of each year in honor of the thousands of American peace officers killed in the line of duty;
WHEREAS, it is appropriate that the flag of the United States of America be flown at half-staff throughout the State of Michigan on May 15th of each year to mark Peace Officers Memorial Day to show respect for the memory of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and to remember the family, friends, and colleagues left behind;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor of the State of Michigan, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Michigan Constitution of 1963, the laws of the State of Michigan, and the laws of the United States of America, order and proclaim:
This order is effective upon filing.
Given under my hand and the Great Seal of the State of Michigan this 11th day of May, in the year of our Lord, two thousand and six.
JENNIFER M. GRANHOLM
BY THE GOVERNOR:
SECRETARY OF STATE