Today, January 9, we observe National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Take a look at Western Colorado police and deputies from years gone by through the lens of Robert Grant.

According to the National Day Calendar, National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day began in 2015. On this day, citizens are asked to thank officers for the daily sacrifices they make for their communities.

While the public should recognize the bravery, courage, honor and integrity shown by our nation’s law enforcement officers every day, there is one day each year set aside to show how much we value their service and protection of our communities.-

How do you show your support on this special day? Here are a few suggestions from National Day Calendar:

  • Wear blue
  • Send a note of thanks to your local, county, or state police
  • Shine a blue porch light
  • Turn your social media channels blue

My way of sending thanks to the Grand Junction Police Department, along with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office and Colorado State Patrol, would be the short video at the top of this post. In it, you'll see photos of officers and deputies from Grand Junction and Mesa County's past. Most photos range from the 1940s through the 1970s.

All photos in this short video were taken by late Daily Sentinel photographer Robert Grant.

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