Explaining to the country the significance of Peace Officers Memorial Day became the focus of activities this morning at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Beginning even before the crack of dawn, NLEOMF Chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd conducted more than 30 interviews via satellite with television stations and other media outlets across the nation. The interviews, most of which were carried live, were with local TV stations in communities as diverse as New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Charlotte, Memphis, Toledo, Grand Rapids, Boise, Spokane, Albany, Denver, Alexandria (LA), and Miami, Orlando and Tallahassee in Florida.
During the interviews, Chairman Floyd reminded viewers to lower their flags to half staff on May 15 in honor of fallen law enforcement officers, as provided for in federal law. He also outlined the various National Police Week activities taking place in DC this week, and encouraged all Americans to show their thanks for, and support of, law enforcement this week and every week throughout the year.
The television “satellite media tour” followed a “radio media tour” earlier in the month in which Mr. Floyd conducted similar interviews with more than two dozen radio stations throughout the country, many in the same media markets where officers died in the line of duty last year. Using the news media to inform the country about trends in law enforcement fatalities and officer safety issue has become an important part of the Memorial Fund’s mission.