If you have the opportunity to attend one of these events in your community, I highly recommend it. It is a great way to teach your children to respect and honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty and those who continue to put their lives at risk to protect your family and other local citizens.
Even if you are unable to participate in a memorial service near you, here are some ways that you and your children can still observe National Police Week and learn more about police officers:
- Read Officer Buckle and Gloria.
- Watch Courageous. Great movie!!
- Take homemade thank-you cards to your local police department or personally thank them. While baked goods may be well-received, it would be a good idea to call and ask first. I'm sure you can understand why they may not accept them.
- Pray for your local law enforcement officers and department personnel.
- Teach little ones more with these police coloring pages and crafts for kids or preschool activities. Make a police lapbook or these cute little paper police dolls.
- For elementary age kids, use these free police learning printables or do a police K-9 unit study.
- Get to know more about those who have sacrificed their lives at the Officer Down Memorial Page.
- Check out current LEO prayer requests at The Centurion Law Enforcement Ministry blog.
- Find out more about National Police Week and view a slideshow from last year's event at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.