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.
The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial is the oldest state memorial honoring its fallen officers in the United States and was dedicated May 15, 1969. The non-profit memorial organization is totally funded by donations. On Friday May 15th Oklahoma will honor the more than 850 Peace Officers, Corrections Officers and K9’s fallen in the line of duty. This year the service will be broadcast thru Facebook due to COVID-19 restrictions.The names of twenty-four (24) law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in Oklahoma were recently engraved on the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial in Oklahoma City. Their names will be dedicated during the 52nd Annual Oklahoma Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Service.