National Peace Officers Memorial Day / National Police Week
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy declared May 15 National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the calendar week that has May 15 as National Police Week. This was to honor the nation's law enforcement. The week is marked with several special events and activities that honor both the living and fallen law enforcement professionals.
National Correctional Officers' Week
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan created National Correctional Officers Week. The first full week in May has since been recognized as National Correctional Officers Week to honor the work of correctional officers and correctional personnel nationwide.
Law Enforcement Memorial Day Service
Each year, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office hosts a Law Enforcement Memorial Day service at the Historic Courthouse in Stillwater at noon. The date of the event is May 15. If the 15 falls on a Saturday, then the service is Friday and if the 15 falls on a Sunday, then the service is on Monday.
At the event, Peace Officers and Correction Officers honor those who have fallen in the line of duty. This event is open to the public.