Today, June 15 is the National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers. As of June 7 last year, 80 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in this country in 2011. That means there are 80 sets of families, friends, and coworkers who were left in grief and sadness.
To honor these heroes, we are asking people of all faiths and all walks of life to come together and pray for the officers still working the streets.
Law enforcement families pray every day that their officers return home safely. They know they can reach out to the law enforcement community around us for support and reassurance. It's important, too, that the surrounding community do the same.
We ask that you please make a commitment to support your law enforcement officers and their families set aside some time on Friday, June 15 to stand united in prayer for our men and women in blue. Please spread word of this campaign to your family, friends, coworkers and places of worship.
If you can, schedule a time to come together at your city hall, a local park or your place of worship and pray together. Raise your voice to lift up our heroes in prayer. Give your time to help strengthen the law enforcement community and ask that each officer comes home safely each day. Show our officers that you appreciate the sacrifices they make to protect and serve you and your family.
These officers, these men and women, are your friends and neighbors. Certainly, it's important that we always respect their uniform. Equally, though, it's important that we recognize them as human beings.
So please, take time to honor all police officers - the fallen as well as those on active duty today.
Because they're the ones who make our society safe and secure.