Hempstead Town to Raise Flag for National Peace Officers Memorial Day

May 14th is not only a special day for mothers, but it also kicks off National Police Week! On Monday, May 15th at 10:00a.m., Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino will be raising the Thin Blue Line Flag on the front steps of Town Hall in honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. Joining the Supervisor will be his town board colleagues and a host of representatives from a variety of police organizations and unions.

“It is impossible to express enough gratitude to our everyday heroes who protect and serve,” said Santino. “I am humbled to have this opportunity to fully recognize their dedication to keeping our communities safe.”

National Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed annually on May 15th. Signed into law in 1962 by then President John F. Kennedy, the observance is held annually to honor and remember the officers who perished or were disabled in the line of duty. Twenty years after its inception, a memorial service began in Senate Park in Washington D.C., where approximately 120 survivors and supporters gathered to pay tribute to the fallen heroes. Today, the observance continues to grow and attracts thousands of attendees each year.

“I am proud to stand with Supervisor Santino as the Town of Hempstead recognizes the hard work and selflessness exhibited by the brave men and women who protect us each and every day,” said Senior Councilwoman Goosby. “We are honored to stand with local police departments to raise the Thin Blue Line Flag.”

“Today marks an important observance and a significant week,” commented Councilman Gary Hudes. “Police officers go above and beyond for our communities and I heartily welcome any opportunity to show our appreciation for their hard work.”

“Our police officers are the best of the best,” added Councilman Bruce Blakeman. “I am thankful for their staunch perseverance in keeping our neighborhoods safe.”

“As a detective, this day carries a lot of weight for me,” said Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. “Now, from a civilian's point-of-view, I have an even greater appreciation for the commitment of our resolute police force.”

“It is with immeasurable thanks to our dedicated police officers that Hempstead Town can continue to remain one of the safest places in which to live, work and raise a family,” stated Santino. “This important day of observance is critical in ensuring that our heroes in blue are never forgotten.”