RICHMOND, Va. - Sunday. May 15, marks Peace Officers Memorial Day. This is a day to remember, honor and show tribute to local, state, and federal officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty.
The proclamation was created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to honor and recognize fallen officers nationally.
Governor Youngkin has ordered that flags be flown half-staff on all Virginia state and local buildings on Sunday in remembrance of those officers.
"In accordance with the authority vested in me as Governor, I hereby order that the flags of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia be flown at half-staff on all state and local buildings and grounds in the Commonwealth of Virginia in respect and memory of Peace Officers Memorial Day," the governor writes.
According to Youngkin's order, the flags were lowered at sunrise on Sunday and will remain at half-staff until sunset.
Thousands of police officers, survivors, families and friends are expected to gather on the lawn of the United States Capitol to honor the fallen Sunday afternoon.
Norfolk Police are also honoring those who have died in the line of duty. The department posted on Facebook that as they begin Peace Officers' Memorial Week. They say their vehicles will be shrouded and adorned at the precincts in recognition of the 39 officers who died in the line of duty since 1904.
As #NPD begins Peace Officers' Memorial Week, vehicles will be shrouded & adorned with 🌹 at the precincts in recognition of the 39 officers who died in the line of duty since 1904. Please join us this week as we honor the ultimate sacrifice made by those officers in #NorfolkVA. pic.twitter.com/MJ9gZBDSUC— Norfolk Police Dept (@NorfolkPD) May 15, 2022