Friday is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, according to the National Fraternal Order of Police and law-enforcement associations across America.

"In light of recent events directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all," according to publicity for the event.

On average each year in the line of duty, between 105 and 203 officers die, 50,000 are assaulted, 14,000 are injured and more than 300 commit suicide, according to organizers.

Citizens are encouraged to take the time Friday to thank a police officer, wear blue clothing to show support, send a card of support to their local police department or state agency, share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media or leave a blue light on the porch.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.