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S.C.R. 3 Enrolled

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RESOLUTION SUPPORTING OBSERVANCE OF

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PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY

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2008 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Jon J. Greiner

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House Sponsor: Richard A. Greenwood

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor urges Utah citizens and
             11      government entities to fly the flag of the United States at halfstaff each year on May 15,
             12      Peace Officers Memorial Day.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    urges the citizens of the state of Utah and state and local government entities to
             16      recognize Peace Officers Memorial Day, this year and every year hereafter, by flying
             17      the flag of the United States at halfstaff and by other appropriate observances; and
             18          .    urges Utahns to remember the sacrifice of Utah peace officers who have been killed
             19      or disabled in the line of duty.
             20      Special Clauses:
             21          None
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             23      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             24          WHEREAS, in our nation's history, nearly 18,000 law enforcement officers have been
             25      killed in the line of duty;
             26          WHEREAS, in 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers
             27      Memorial Day;
             28          WHEREAS, in 1994, the United States Congress passed legislation requesting that the
             29      President of the United States annually issue a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace


             30      Officers Memorial Day;
             31          WHEREAS, this designation is made so that on May 15 of each year, the citizens of the
             32      United States and the representatives of their government will appropriately honor federal,
             33      state, and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty;
             34          WHEREAS, to achieve this purpose, the proclamation directs that, on May 15, United
             35      States Government officials display the flag of the United States at halfstaff on all government
             36      buildings;
             37          WHEREAS, the proclamation also invites state and local governments and the people of
             38      the United States to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day with appropriate ceremonies and
             39      activities, including flying the flag of the United States at halfstaff;
             40          WHEREAS, Peace Officers Memorial Day is one of only two days during which all
             41      residents, businesses, and government agencies are required to lower their United States flags,
             42      the other day being Memorial Day in commemoration of those who died in military service to
             43      their country;
             44          WHEREAS, flying the United States flag at halfstaff on Peace Officers Memorial Day is
             45      a reverent reminder of the respect citizens and federal, state, and local governments should
             46      show to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice;
             47          WHEREAS, flying the United States flag at halfstaff should also encourage citizens and
             48      governments to remember the family, friends, and colleagues the honored dead have left behind;
             49          WHEREAS, flying the United States flag at halfstaff is also an important reminder of the
             50      continued service and sacrifice of the 800,000 law enforcement officers who each day protect
             51      the citizens of this nation and safeguard democracy; and
             52          WHEREAS, recognizing Peace Officers Memorial Day with appropriate observances,
             53      including flying the flag of the United States at halfstaff, demonstrates that we who remain do
             54      not forget those whose futures were forfeited in our service:
             55          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             56      Governor concurring therein, urge the citizens of the state of Utah and state and local
             57      government entities to recognize Peace Officers Memorial Day, this year and every year


             58      hereafter, by flying the flag of the United States at halfstaff and by other appropriate
             59      observances.
             60          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the National
             61      Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial Board, the
             62      Utah Peace Officers Association, the Utah Department of Public Safety, and the Utah Highway
             63      Patrol.


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