- - Monday, February 9, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Currently our law-enforcement and fire-service departments do not have a single national day during which Americans show them we sincerely appreciate their dedicated service. I am proposing a day of appreciation for them, but not a new national holiday to honor both services. During our everyday lives it is these people’s duty to protect our person and property from serious hazardous incidents. Over the years they have performed exceedingly well, even going above and beyond in many horrific incidents. The time to honor them is long overdue.

We need the means and a method to select the day that will be assigned to this new national holiday. All should be welcome to suggest their day of choice. It may take a few years to get this established but with strong public input and national media support we can shorten the projected time.

In the near term I would like to suggest honoring them on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, which is not a public holiday but is celebrated nationally. Many of the officers in full uniforms will be marching in parades throughout the United States on this day. In the early formation of both the U.S. fire and police departments the Irish made up a strong percent of the total enrollment. Also the Emerald Society’s band, made up of Irish-Americans with their sad cadence of pipes and drums, from the local police or fire departments have the distinct high honor of leading the funeral processions of many of the officers who die in the line of duty. The work of our law enforcement and fire department officers should be marked with both solemnity and celebration, and St. Patrick’s certainly fits the bill.

BOB SWEENEY

President, RES Associates

Warwick, R.I.


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