On Oct. 1, 1962, President John Kennedy proclaimed May 15 of each year as "Peace Officer's Memorial Day." On May 15, U.S. flags across the nation are lowered to half-staff to honor federal, state, and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. Eastern's police department placed a black banner on the Police Department sign in front of its building. The banner remained throughout the week. On May 16, 2011, at 7:45 a.m., police officers, students, faculty and staff participated in a brief wreath-laying ceremony in front of the Police Department. Officers also wore black bands over their badges in respect for their fallen comrades.