May 15th Police Officers Memorial Day

Ya, ya… I know… we aren’t supposed to like the police anymore but the only thing more foolish than that is thinking that anyone else is ever going to come to your rescue. Today was created by Congress, Presidential Proclamation #3337, in 1963. As with any line of work, there are good people and bad people that get employed but the mass majority of police officers are hard working, honest men and women. And many, many die trying to keep our world safe. We need to honor them, those men and women who gave their lives trying keep us safe, in many cases even from ourselves. So until you try doing what they do, honor them… you cannot possibly know what they go through even when doing something as simple as issuing a speeding ticket.

How to celebrate – Honor the fallen police officers in your community. Respect all police, they deserve it. Ride with a police officer for the day to see first hand what they go through.

May 15th Police Officer’s Memorial Day

By Act of Congress, Police Officer’s Memorial Day was begun to honor those men and women who have fallen in the line of duty, serving the people of their communities and states. It seems to be a fade today to hate police because they are often forced to use force in the duties they perform. Can you imagine what it would be like to perform the minor chores you do at work everyday but add to that the risk that someone might shot you? Stab you? Or even try to run you over? People do a lot of illegal things but they never want to be caught. Sometimes they even take to violence to keep from getting caught. You and I do not intercede, but a police man, woman, don’t have that option. They have to protect their communities and the people that live there. It’s not easy and while we are seldom perfect, neither are the humans in the police forces. But we do not risk our lives everyday, they do.

Hot to celebrate – Honor the police that keep you safe. If you don’t ever do anything illegal there is little chance you will ever be confronted by the police. Be respectful.

May 15th National Police Officers Memorial Day

Peace Officer, Police, Sheriff, no matter what you call them, these are men and women who place themselves in danger to keep us safe. Lately there are those who feel police officers should be perfect, well when robbers, murderers and street gangs become perfect then I might agree. Until then, respect those who protect us.

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Today we honor those who have fallen in the line of duty.  It seems many of them have been killed lately for no reason at all. Of course, when we lose respect for ourselves we will lose respect for those who keep us respectful of others first. Name me one profession where everybody is perfect!?! Then name me one profession that stands between us and danger, 24/7 365 days of the year.

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Shoot outs, car crashes, beatings, rescues, you name it and you will find a police officer there. They have families, children, wives, brothers, sisters, everything the normal citizen have but they are often required to put us ahead of themselves, and those they love. Most of us would just run away.

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And that old line, try calling a criminal when you need help. I seriously doubt they are going to show up and if they do, watch out! Today was created by an Act of Congress. While it is a National Day, no one takes the day off, few go to the ceremonies held and what’s worth, so many of us just don’t care.

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That’s so sad because if they peace officers, sheriff’s police cared as little as we do, we couldn’t trust anyone.

How to celebrate Attend one of the ceremonies in your area. Thank law men and women for what they do. Be respectful.

July 22nd National Day of the Cowboy

The cowboy is one of the most iconic American heroes of all time. I do not believe anyone personifies America more than the cowboy. The idea of working hard, thinking clean thoughts, and being courtious typifies the  concept of the cowboy.

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Okay, so I don’t know what cowboy they are talking about!?! While I agree with their place in history, and the good they served, they were also made up of some of the worst bandits, killers, and theives we have ever known.

They have a Code of Cowboy conduct, really.. think about it as I list their details:

Honesty and courage – okay courage yes, honesty maybe

Pride in work – being proud of what you do, and having pride in work are two different things

Stay curious – just what were they supposed to be curious about?

Finish what you start – check

Tough but fair – fair is in the eye of the beholder

Keep promises – a man’s word is his life

Clean of thought, deed and dress – I seriously doubt this was a priority to most cowboys (nor practical)

Tolerance of others – tell that to cowboy John Hardin

Stand up for what is right – who decided who was right?

And be a steward of the land and animals – this one I believe (where they could)

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They also say the cowboy came after the Civil War. I bet many Texan’s would challenge that thought. Yes, more cowboys appeared after the Civil War but driving cattle east, or towards the population, had been around for many, many years before the war.

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All that said, I still admire the cowboy. They worked hard, settled much of the west, and won law and order in a lawless land. Good did win out over evil, sometimes replacing it with other evils, but still better than the original evils.

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National Day of  the Cowboy was formed in 2005 by the National Day of the Cowboy organization. It has been recognized by congress and is therefore a real day of celebration.

How to celebrate – Read a book about the old west. Dress up like a cowboy (trying not to look like one of the Village People). Visit a Ghost Town out west.

May 15th National Police Officers Memorial Day

Today is the day we celebrate those who keep us safe. It seems in fashion these days not to appreciate those who protect us but just stop and think about life without them. And just like the soldiers who protect our freedom from outside forces, these are the men and women who protect us from those around us who feel they have a power over us.

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Every day they are heroes. Every time they pull over a speeding car, check on someone who is obviously out of their element and from those who are just plain crazy, they are the ones who protect us from our own community. Of all those who work for us, with us and around us, they are the ones always in the most danger. Whether you agree with them, or don’t, they are the ones that keep society from collapsing.

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And many of them will not see tomorrow. Imagine yourself running into a building that is burning or rushing to a scene where someone has been shooting at others. Most of us would go the other way, not police. Remember the next time you get pulled over for speeding that the man, or woman, in front of us may have just rescued a child or faced someone insane. They may have faced a person trying to end their own lives or trying to steal something from someone who has worked hard to earn what they have.

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And they face all the same issues we do. Paying the bills, struggles with a loved one, children growing up too fast, relatives that demand too much. And yet, we expect them to be perfect all the time. Shame on us. They are humans and do more for each and every one of us than we do for others in a lifetime.

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So today when you see a policeman, or woman, you should really thank them because it is very possible tomorrow, you may not have the chance.

How to celebrate – Thank a police officer for the work they do. Buy a police officer a Starbucks. Place some flowers on the grave of a police officer who fell in the line of duty.

May 15th Peace Officers Memorial Day

Imagine getting up every morning knowing that today might be your last day on the earth. Imagine always having to place someone else ahead of your own safety and security.  Imagine saving someone’s family not knowing yours is okay. Imagine that anyone you run into might have a bullet with your name on it, and imagine that something so simple as stopping to help someone with a flat tire might be the last act of kindness you ever perform.

Well, that’s what it’s like being a law enforcement officer, and there are over 19,000 names of fallen heroes on a wall in Washington, D.C. that prove it. That is why Congress asked the President to set aside this day in 1961 to recognize these fallen brave individuals. John F. Kennedy did just that putting the bill into law in 1962. The bill was amended in 1992 by President Bill Clinton adding that the flag be lowered to half-staff on this memorial day, a part of police week.

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Whether they are Police Officers, Troopers, Sheriffs, Constables, Rangers, FBI, or Secret Service they all have a job to do. It is a job many are not capable of doing, don’t want to do, or are afraid of doing. We need to hold these men and women in the highest regard and honor those that have fallen in the line of duty. Peace Officers are always there doing their best and willing to serve and protect us.

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How to celebrate: Thank a police officer for the work they do. Visit the Memorial in Washington. Make a card for a Law Enforcement Officer you may know and their family.