- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is ordering all state and U.S. flags lowered to half-staff in Connecticut in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day.

The order will be in effect from sunrise to sunset Sunday, when the national observance will be held to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.

The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund says 123 officers died last year, and 36 have died this year. The fund says one officer dies every 61 hours in the U.S.

The National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington includes the names of nearly 21,000 police officers who died in the line of duty since the late 1700s, including 137 from Connecticut.

President John F. Kennedy in 1962 declared every May 15 Peace Officers Memorial Day.

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