End of Watch: Reflections on Peace Officer Memorial Day in Dickinson County
On Monday, May 11, Governor Kelly issued Executive Order 20-30, ordering all U.S. flags throughout the state to be flown at half-staff, from sunrise until sunset, on May 13 in honor of Overland Park Police Officer Mike Mosher.
Officer Mosher’s watch ended on May 3 when he was tragically gunned down while attempting to arrest a suspect in a hit-andrun. Mosher was off-duty at the time of the incident.
Kelly’s executive order also states that all flags at state institutions shall be flown at half-staff on Friday, May 15 in observance of Peace Officer Memorial Day. Kelly’s executive order follows a proclamation made by President Trump earlier this week calling for the lowering of flags nationwide.
Peace Officer Memorial Day was founded in 1962 by President Kennedy as a part of National Police Week. Kennedy’s initial law was amended by President Clinton in 1994 to include the practice of lowering the flag to halfstaff.
In a proclamation read by President Obama at the National Peace Officer’s Memorial Service in May of 2013, he paid tribute to fallen police officers and implored fellow Americans to follow their example of unwavering citizenship.
“They exemplified the very idea of citizenship – that with our God-given rights come responsibilities and obligations to ourselves and to others. They embodied that idea. That’s the way they died. That’s how we must remember them. And that’s how we must live.”
In Dickinson County, five officers have lost their lives while serving in the line of duty from 1870 until today. Their stories have inspired countless others to don the badge of service and stand the line in their communities.
Abilene Police Department
City Marshall Thomas Smith – 1870
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