Flags across the country flew at half-staff on Wednesday, May 15, in honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Day, an annual observance declared by President John F. Kennedy in 1962.

Inside Greencastle Borough Hall, Mayor Ben Thomas Jr. presented Police Chief John Phillippy with a proclamation in recognition of both National Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week, May 13 to 19.

"This proclamation comes from the heart," Thomas said.

"National Peace Officers Day bestows special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others with 135 line of duty deaths in 2017 and 24 K-9 officer line of duty deaths," the proclamation says.

It continues, "National Police Week recognizes the men and women of law enforcement who protect communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provide a variety of public safety services while performing their duties."

The Greencastle Police Department "has served citizens of the borough for over 130 years in providing a safe environment and enhanced quality of life for all ... I ask all citizens to support the members of the Greencastle Police Department and affirm our thanks for their service in providing public safety duties 24 hours a day under all human and weather related environments.

"Further, my prayer is for all police personnel and their safety in performing these vital services with special thanks to their families for the sacrifices made."