Flags should be flown at half-staff on Thursday

American and Connecticut flags should be flown at half-staff on Thursday, May 15, in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has issued the directive based on a proclamation from President Barack Obama.

The national observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day pays tribute to local, state, and federal peace officers who have died in the line of duty and is recognized annually during Police Week, which this year runs from May 11-17.

A peace officer is someone whose primary duty is to enforce laws on behalf of the government, such as those working for the local police, State Police, corrections department, sheriff’s office, FBI or other government law enforcement agency.

‘Make deep sacrifices’

“The men and women who protect our homes and our communities make deep sacrifices in order to ensure that the citizens of our country and our state remain safe,” Malloy said.

“Those who serve in law enforcement deserve our utmost respect for the work they perform each and every day — oftentimes putting their lives in danger to protect others — and we are a safer state thanks to their service," he said.

“They come from nearly every walk of life, with a diverse set of backgrounds, training and experience, but they are united by their desire to protect and serve,” the governor said.

Flags will fly at half-staff Thursday from sunrise through sunset.