An honor guard at the Chicago Police Memorial Wall.
May 15 is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. First observed in 1962, today is set aside to honor all those who have served in law enforcement at the federal, state and local levels, particularly those who have paid the ultimate price for their service.
These men and women are forever remembered at National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Law enforcement officers from all over the nation are gathering in Washington this week for ceremonies honoring their fallen or disabled comrades.
A picture of Chicago's memorial is also presented here because Chicago's delegation to the nationwide event this year will, of necessity, be smaller this week, possibly consisting of retirees only. The NATO Summit is coming to Chicago this weekend, and all hands are needed here on deck to get the city ready.
The men and women remembered on both of these walls would have understood that duty must come first.
Today in particular, remember any policemen among your family and friends. Maybe even say "thanks."