WHEREAS, in 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week of May 15 as Police Week. We carry on this tradition of recognition and remembrance as a demonstration of honor and respect for the sacrifices of our law enforcement officers; and
WHEREAS, the members of Alaska’s law enforcement agencies play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of the citizens of Alaska; and
WHEREAS, it is important for all to recognize and understand the responsibilities, hazards, and sacrifices police officers bear each day, and to appreciate the sacrifices made by the loved ones who support them. The men and women of Alaska’s police force unceasingly provide a vital public service; and
WHEREAS, for generations, members of this elite group show courage, bravery, perseverance, and commitment to those they serve and defend, while enduring long shifts in dangerous and unpredictable circumstances; and
WHEREAS, we honor the 68 officers who have given their lives in the line of duty as an ultimate sacrifice in service to Alaskans. The officers and their families have our deepest gratitude and respect as we remember their heroic devotion, and mourn their loss.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Michael J. Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 11-18, 2019 as:
Alaska Law Enforcement Memorial Week
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize and honor those in law enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community, and pay respect to the survivors of our fallen heroes.