[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 93 (Wednesday, May 14, 2014)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 27725-27726]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-11306]

                        Presidential Documents 

Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 93 / Wednesday, May 14, 2014 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 9123 of May 9, 2014

Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, 2014

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Each year, America sets aside a week to salute the men 
                and women who do the difficult, dangerous, and often 
                thankless work of safeguarding our communities. Our 
                Nation's peace officers embody the very idea of 
                citizenship--that along with our rights come 
                responsibilities, both to ourselves and to others. 
                During Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we 
                celebrate those who protect and serve us every minute 
                of every day, and we honor the courageous officers who 
                devoted themselves so fully to others that in the 
                process they laid down their lives.

                As we mourn the fallen, let us also remember how they 
                lived. With unflinching commitment, they defended our 
                schools and businesses. They guarded prisons; patrolled 
                borders; and kept us safe at home, on the road, and as 
                we went about our lives. To their families, we owe an 
                unpayable debt. And to the men and women who carry 
                their mission forward, we owe our unyielding support.

                Our Nation has an obligation to ensure that as police 
                officers face untold risks in the line of duty, we are 
                doing whatever we can to protect them. This means 
                providing all necessary resources so they can get the 
                job done, hiring new officers where they are needed 
                most, and investing in training to prepare those on the 
                front lines for potentially deadly situations. It also 
                means making reforms to curb senseless epidemics of 
                violence that threaten law enforcement officers and 
                haunt the neighborhoods they serve.

                Just as police officers never let down their guard, we 
                must never let slide our gratitude. We should extend 
                our thanks not only in times of tragedy, but for every 
                tragedy averted--every accident avoided because a 
                patrol officer took a drunk driver off the streets, 
                every child made safer because a criminal was brought 
                to justice, every life saved because police officers 
                raced to the scene. In other words, we must show our 
                gratitude every day.

                By a joint resolution approved October 1, 1962, as 
                amended (76 Stat. 676), and by Public Law 103-322, as 
                amended (36 U.S.C. 136-137), the President has been 
                authorized and requested to designate May 15 of each 
                year as ``Peace Officers Memorial Day'' and the week in 
                which it falls as ``Police Week.''

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 15, 
                2014, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 11 through 
                May 17, 2014, as Police Week. I call upon all Americans 
                to observe these events with appropriate ceremonies and 
                activities. I also call on Governors of the United 
                States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials 
                of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of 
                the United States, and appropriate officials of all 
                units of government, to direct that the flag be flown 
                at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day. I further 
                encourage all Americans to display the flag at half-
                staff from their homes and businesses on that day.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand 
                fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States 
                of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2014-11306
Filed 5-13-14; 11:15 am]
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