LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Police officers across the country are being honored this week for their service.
The week has been dubbed National Police Week, which began May 12 and goes through May 18.
According to the FBI, last year 106 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty including an officer in the Eastern District of Kentucky.
The names of those fallen officers will be dedicated on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., during a candlelight vigil Monday night.
According to policeweek.org, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962 designating May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as National Police Week.
Some of Lexington’s own are headed to Washington, D.C., this week to honor those who’ve died while in the line of duty.
Local restaurants like Drake’s are offering free meals on Tuesday, which has been named Law Enforcement Apppreciation Day.
If you see a police officer at any point this week, be sure to thank them for their service.