By law, flags must be flown at half-mast today…but not everyone got the memo.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Our nation’s flag will be flown at half-staff across the country today in honor of law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty serving our nation .

May 15 has been recognized as National Law Enforcement Day since 1962, when President John F. Kennedy established it, and the week it occurs each year as National Police Week, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).

The lowering of the flag was incorporated into this day of remembrance in 1994, when Public Law 103-322 was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. It’s one of two days a year, according to a release, when every state’s flags — from government organizations to local businesses — are flown at half-staff. The second day is less than two weeks away: the last Monday in May, Memorial Day.

“We honor our law enforcement officers every day of the year, but on Peace Officers Memorial Day, we show our support by lowering our flags to half-staff,” said Lori Sharpe Day, Acting Executive Director of the Memorial Fund, in a written statement. “This is an important way to show our officers how much we respect their efforts to keep our communities and our country safe.” We will do our part by lowering the flags at the memorial, where the names of 21,910 fallen officers are engraved.


A flag is pictured on Staten Island on May 15, 2024. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)Jan Somma-Hammel

In Staten Island, flags were surprisingly seen today at full height. Since this day of remembrance is not as well known as its counterpart, it seems that many places have forgotten to lower their flags.

National Police Week also honors the induction of hundreds of new names of fallen officers on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC.

A sister site of Advance/,, described this year’s dedication: “282 names of U.S. law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty will be added to the National Memorial law enforcement officers. The names include 118 federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2023, as well as previous years where cases were approved by the NLEOMF Research Department.

This figure represents a decrease of 49% compared to the number of deaths in 2022.