National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was created in 2015 by several national organizations to thank officers across the country for all their daily sacrifices they continually make for their communities and surrounding areas. Some District of Columbia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen share in receiving and giving appreciation, as they have the distinctive experience of being both D.C. National Guard members while also serving in law enforcement agencies in the metropolitan area.
“Serving has been both challenging and rewarding,” said Spc. Jordan Sexton, Computer Detection Systems Repair Specialist in the 104th Maintenance Company and local police officer. “It's been a unique experience to allow me to be part of two distinct roles that also complement each other.”
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is observed in various ways, including most predominantly, by wearing the color blue, turning social media channels blue or having a blue porch light to show your support. On social media platforms the hashtag ‘#NationalLawEnforcementAppreciationDay’ will be used in support also.
“I would describe it as a humbling experience,’” said Spc. Sexton. ‘It’s a reminder that the community does support and trust us. Receiving that recognition is vital to maintaining our mission.”
The District of Columbia National Guard thanks all our local and federal agencies for their assistance and thanks them for their service.