National Peace Officer Memorial Day 2014

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Thursday we remember our Law Enforcement Officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

It is “National Peace Officers Memorial Day.”

Flags will be flying at half staff today in remembrance. The day will bring both national and local observances.

Nine Alabama Officers and four Tennessee Officers will be added to the National Police Memorial wall in Washington D.C.

Locally in the Tennessee Valley, the City of Athens will hold a candlelight vigil Thursday evening. This is the first year for the event which will be at 8 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Memorial in front of the Limestone County Courthouse.

Organizers of the event say it is a way for resident to pay tribute to those who have given their all and to say thank you to those men and women still currently serving.

Since the first known line of duty death, more than 20,000 U.S. Law Enforcement Officers have been killed.

The first National Peace Officers Day was observed in 1962 by order of President Kennedy.

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