The day commemorates the sacrifices of the federal, state, county and municipal peace officers who have been killed or disabled in the performance of their duties.
"Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line without hesitation to protect their fellow citizens," says Gov. Nixon in a statement. "The Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol grounds commemorates the sacrifice made by hundreds of Missouri law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since statehood, including seven who passed away in 2011. When Missourians see the lowered flags on Tuesday, it will serve as a reminder of the courage and selflessness of those who guard our safety every day."