WHEREAS, in 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as National Police Week.
WHEREAS, 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 that police officers bear each day, and to appreciate the sacrifices made by the loved ones who support them; and
WHEREAS, for generations, members of this select group have shown 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 officers who have given their lives in the line of duty as an ultimate sacrifice in service to Alaskans, and the officers and their families have our deepest gratitude and respect as we remember their heroic devotion and mourn their loss.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2023 as:
Peace Officers Memorial Day
and, May 14 – 20, 2023 as:
Alaska Law Enforcement 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 to pay respect to the survivors of our fallen heroes.
Dated: May 15, 2023