American flags fly at half-staff today, which is National Peace Officers Memorial Day.READ MORE: ERCOT Shuts Down Wholesale Electricity Provider Griddy In Texas
President Kennedy issued a proclamation in 1962 setting May 15th as the day to honor fallen law enforcement officers. The names of more than 21,000 men and women are now included on the memorial walls.READ MORE: Texas Lawmakers Call On Public Utility Commission Chair To Resign
The names of 143 officers who died in 2016 are being added to the national memorial in Washington, D.C., including 19 from Texas.MORE NEWS: Plumber Shortage, Supply Chain Issues Delay North Texas Winter Storm Repairs
This year’s ceremony remembers the seven officers from Dallas, Euless, DART and SMU who lost their lives in 2016.