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Reader Opinion: Honoring police officers

Many people don't realize it, but May 15 is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. As best I recall, it was proclaimed by President Kennedy, and was amended by President Clinton to encourage flags to be flown at half staff on that day. The rest of...

Many people don't realize it, but May 15 is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. As best I recall, it was proclaimed by President Kennedy, and was amended by President Clinton to encourage flags to be flown at half staff on that day. The rest of the week is National Peace Officers Week.

In spite of being hammered by the national press with every bad cop story they can find, we need to realize that there are many, many thousands of officers who leave home every day knowing it may be their last, and may lose their life trying to protect you or someone you love.

Many have, one recently just in our own neighborhood.

They also see more pain, perversion, tragedy, and brutality than most people can imagine, and end up missing many family events besides.

Please take the time to thank a peace officer this week for their service. Or any time, for that matter.

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It would also be appropriate to thank their families for the sacrifices they make too-not only for worrying if their loved one will come home again, but for all of the times they've had to take up the family slack because of his or her schedule.

Even though law enforcement officers wear uniforms of many different colors, many wear something blue to show support for officers on this solemn day of May 15. You can show your support by wearing blue clothing, putting a blue ribbon on a tree in your yard or car, or any other way you wish.

Thanks to the officers for doing often what many won't ever do. And thanks to the families for your support for them.

Rick Kleinschmidt

Crosby

Retired sergeant with the Willmar Police Department

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