87th Congress of the United States of America
H.J.Res. 730 October 1, 1962 Public Law 87-726
Joint Resolution         76 Stat. 676.
To authorize the President to proclaim May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week of each year during which such May 15 occurs as Police Week.
Whereas the police officers of America have worked devotedly and selflessly in behalf of the people of this Nation, regardless of the peril or hazard to themselves; and
Whereas these officers have safeguarded the lives and property of their fellow Americans; and
Whereas by the enforcement of our laws, these same officers have given our country internal freedom from fear of the violence and civil disorder that is presently affecting other nations;
Whereas these men and women by their patriotic service and their dedicated efforts have earned the gratitude of the Republic: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President is authorized and requested to issue proclamations (1) designating May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of the Federal, State, and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty, (2) directing the officials of the Government to display at half-staff the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on such day, as provided by section 3(m) of the Act of June 22, 1942 (Chapter 435; 56 Stat. 377; 36 U. S. C. 175), (3) designating in each year the calendar week during which such May 15 occurs as Police Week, in recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our midst to protect us through enforcement of our laws, and (4) inviting the governments of the States and communities and the people of the United States to observe such day and week with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including the display at half-staff of the flag of the United States.
Approved October 1, 1962. 
John F. Kennedy, President
Amended by Public Law 103-322 in 1994.            
William J. Clinton, President
Public Law 87-726, signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, was amended as above by the 103rd Congress as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. President Bill Clinton signed Public Law 103-322 which directs that the flag of the United States on all Government buildings be displayed at half-staff on May 15, National Peace Officers' Memorial Day.



     The Table, with its place setting, is a way of symbolizing the fact that members of our profession are missing from this event.

     The table is set for one, though the number is many.

     The Chair is empty.  They can no longer join us.

     The Tablecloth is white - symbolizing the purity of their intentions to serve their communities.

     The Candle is lit - symbolizing their spirit to serve.

     The Glass is inverted - they cannot drink nor toast with us this day.

     A slice of Lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate.

     The single Red Rose displayed in the vase is to remind us of their families and loved ones.

     The Salt upon the plate is symbolic of their tears.

     The Blue Ribbon tied so prominently on the vase reminds us of the "Thin Blue Line" which stands strong before those who would destroy law and order in our great nation.

     Many of us served with these peace officers and called them "partner".  We relied upon them; depended upon their might, and their aid.

     We called them "Brothers." We called them "Sisters." 

     They watch over us still ~~ and we Honor them today.







19th Annual Peace Officer Appreciation Luncheon


Peace Officer Awards & Memorial Ceremony


 May 18, 2011

11:15 AM - 1:30 PM

Red Lion Inn

Wenatchee, WA


Presented by

Greater Wenatchee Sunrise Lions Club

            Fraternal Order of Police - Lodge 17  

Wayne Harris, Master of Ceremonies


National Anthem - Bob Smet (Bag Pipes)

National Peace Officers Memorial Day

Commemorative Ceremony


Master of Ceremony

Captain Karen DeWitt

Washington State Patrol


Table of Honor Ceremony


Correctional Officer Jayme Lee Biendl

Washington State Department of Corrections

Deputy Sheriff Shandon Wright

Pierce County Sheriff's Department


Amazing Grace - Don Smet (Bag Pipes)


City Mayors



Deputy Sheriff Winfield "Scott" Edie

Chelan County Sheriff's Office

Officer Michael W. Marshall

Omak Police Department

Trooper James Saunders

Washington State Patrol

Park Ranger Catherine E. Secor

Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission

Deputy Sheriff Saul Gallegos

Chelan County Sheriff's Office
























Officer of the Year Awards Ceremony

 Guest Speaker

WSP Lieutenant Travis Matheson

Whitehouse Fellow under

President George W. Bush



Presented by

Karen Madison

President, Greater Wenatchee Sunrise Lions Club


Chelan County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Brian Burnett



Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal



Washington State Patrol

Captain Karen DeWitt



Wenatchee Police Department

Chief Tom Robbins



East Wenatchee Police Department

Chief Randy Harrison









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