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Our family has lived in Springfield since 1980. Through these 30 years we have had many occasions to call upon the assistance of the local police department. We are extremely grateful for the caring response of various officers through these many years, and we would like to encourage our fellow citizens to join with us in expressing appreciation also. In 1962 President Kennedy and Congress designated the month of May as "Law Enforcement Month," which is celebrated nationally. Around the country citizens take time to stand in support of their law enforcement departments, expressing their thanks in various ways. Mid-May, 'National Police Week' pays special tribute to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. The Springfield Police Department will be honoring those who have laid down their lives for their community's safety on National Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 12. To express your support we would ask everyone to participate in the national "Blue Ribbon Campaign". During the month of May tie a blue ribbon or big bow around your mailbox, fence posts, trees, vehicle antennas, entrance doors to your business, etc. to show your sign of support. (This is much like the yellow ribbon campaign for our military.) The display of these ribbons will be a reminder to the officers and their families (who are our neighbors in the community) that we care for them, that we appreciate them. We are grateful for these men and women who are making a difference in our communities it is a sacrifice and we can show our appreciation in this simple way. Let's have an "attitude of gratitude!" Tom and Georgia Briggs Springfield
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