May 13, 2022

DeSantis Directs Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Officers Who Died in Line of Duty, Lights Capitol Blue

Gov. Ron DeSantis lights the Florida Capitol blue to honor law enforcement.
Gov. Ron DeSantis lights the Florida Capitol blue to honor law enforcement.

By Lydia Nusbaum

May 13, 2022 Updated 11:32 A.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) –  Gov. Ron DeSantis directed the United States and State of Florida flags to be flown at half-staff to honor officers who died or became disabled in the line of duty. 

Peace Officers Memorial Day honors the lives of local, state, and federal officers who have died or become disabled in the line of duty. 

The flags will be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds beginning Friday until sunset on Monday, May 16th in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. 

“In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week to recognize the officers who served on the front lines and show appreciation for those who continue to battle against crime. We will never forget the enduring legacy of law enforcement heroes,” DeSantis said.

To view the Police Week proclamation, click here.

DeSantis announced Florida’s Capitol will light up in blue to recognize National Police Week beginning May 11th until May 17th.

In Florida, we back the blue,” DeSantis said. “While some states talk about defunding the police, we fund the police and then some because we respect the work they do to keep all of us safe. This week, we honor the men, women, and their families who have dedicated their lives to protecting our communities.”

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