Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

May 15, 2013

Thank your local law enforcement today

VALDOSTA — Today, May 15, was designated Peace Officers Memorial Day back in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy was in office. The day was set aside to recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duty.

There will be a large gathering in Washington, D.C., today, but here locally, it is doubtful that anyone outside of law enforcement even realizes what today is, or that the entire week is National Police Week. It’s not because citizens are apathetic towards our local law enforcement, but as a community, it is expected that they will be there whenever we call. We take them for granted.

The Valdosta region is fortunate that no officer has been killed in the line of duty for more than 14 years. A number have suffered serious injuries; they’ve been shot, run over, punched and the like, but fortunately none have died.

That doesn’t mean that the community should forget the sacrifices they make, each and every day. The dangers they face. The unknown in situations they cannot control. It doesn’t mean that anyone should forget the sacrifices of peace officers everywhere.

The first responders who lost their lives in the  recent Waco blast and the Twin Towers on 9/11.The officers shot and killed in the Boston marathon bombing pursuit.

The officers who, every single day, leave their homes, their spouses, their children, to go out into the community to protect and serve. To ensure that everyone is as safe as they can be.

Today may be dedicated to those who died in the line of duty, but let’s not forget those who live and serve daily in the line of duty. Today, take the time to thank them.

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