This year Peace Officers Memorial Day is celebrated/ observed on Tuesday May 15th, 2018. Peace Officers Memorial Day is held on May 15th every year during Police Week. The day is a memorial to all peace officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. Much like Memorial Day that honor's the men and women who have died in our military, Peace Officers Memorial Day honors the brave men and women who have had losses while in the line of duty to keep the public safe.
Across the national people pay tribute to those officers who have died or were severely injured while working to keep the public safe. Police departments will sometimes hold ceremonies for those they have lost on this day. The Fraternal Order of Police hold a national memorial service each year on this day with a wreath placed at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC. Peace Officers Memorial Day is not a national federal holiday but rather an observance for those peace officers who have lost their lives.
In 1961 congress asked then President John F Kennedy to designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. October 1, 1962 the president signed the bill making the observance official as an annual day to be observed on May 15 annually.