Originally published Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 06:00a.m.

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Wednesday, May 15, 2019, for National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Peace Officers Memorial Day pays tribute to the local, state, and federal peace offices who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty. Ducey ordered flags to half-staff today as a tribute to the 14,500 sworn peace officers and 6,500 correctional officers in Arizona.

Individuals, businesses and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.

"Our peace officers choose a life and career of service and they are heroes in every sense of the word. They wake up every day, put on the uniform and badge and put themselves in harm’s way so that others might live in comfort and safety,” Ducey said in a press release. “Arizona is grateful for these men and women in uniform who protect our communities and we come together to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

To read the official White House proclamation on Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week 2019, click here.