In observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, Governor Neil Abercrombie has ordered that all national and Hawai’i flags at state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai’i National Guard are to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.
President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation declaring May 15, 2012, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 13 through May 19, 2012, as Police Week. The presidential proclamation called upon all governors to direct that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, and further encouraged all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on that day.
“We can never fully measure nor repay the debt owed to those brave and dedicated members of our community who have chosen to wear the badge,” Governor Abercrombie said. “The people of Hawai’i remember the selflessness and courage of our law enforcement officers and their families, not just during Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, but every day, as it is every day that these valiant men and woman must report to work throughout the state to protect us and make our neighborhoods safer.
Let us also take time to remember those we have lost in the line of duty. We have an obligation to support their loved ones and ensure that their service and sacrifice will never be taken for granted.”