Peace Officers Memorial Day pays tribute to all those local, state, and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty.
In honor of the peace officers who have lost something due to their dedication to protecting the citizens of their country, Peace Officers Memorial Day was established. The holiday was created on October 1, 1961, when Congress authorized the president to designate May 15 to honor peace officers. John F. Kennedy signed the bill into law on October 1, 1962. It has been celebrated all over the US ever since.