In recognition of the Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Friday, May 9, and National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day on Thursday, May 15, Governor Kathleen Sebelius has ordered flags on state buildings be flown at half-staff on each of those days.
“Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every time they go to work, protecting the people of Kansas,” Governor Sebelius said.
“This year, we will honor Police Officer Robert Timothy Buckman, Macksville, who lost his life as he was warning citizens of the tornado that devastated Greensburg on May 4, 2007. I urge all Kansans to remember the brave men and women we’ve lost in the line of duty and pray for their families and friends.”
On May 9, Governor Sebelius will speak at the Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Service at 12:00 p.m. in the Rotunda on the second floor of the Kansas Statehouse.
Governor Sebelius said, “This memorial is extremely important to the law enforcement community and to the families of law enforcement officers who have died. It symbolizes their courage and sacrifice and I’m honored to join law enforcement officers from around the state as we rededicate this memorial.”
In addition, H.J. Res. 730, P.L. 87-726 designates May 15 of each year as National Peace Officer’s Memorial Day.
At the Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Service May 9, the state will add Macksville, Kan. officer Tim Buckman's name to the memorial.
Buckman died warning his townspeople about the tornado that struck there the night of May 4. He's the 258th officer to be memorialized.