"Blessed are the peacemakers for they are the children of God" Mathew 5:9
The Thin Blue Line: Today this phrase is uttered by many. Even movies and TV programs have used it. The thin blue line symbol a blue stripe sandwiched between two black stripes illustrates the collective group of law enforcement officers (LEO), correctional officers, prosecutors, and others in the criminal justice system that separate and protect society from anarchy. I do not know for sure when the phrase was first used. But, I believe that the first time it was used in a meaningful and national manner was in a speech give by Indiana State Police Superintendent Robert Konkle in August of 1969 to the American Legion's National Americanism Commission meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. In that speech some four and a half decades ago, Supt. Konkle described and warned of several dangerous issues facing freedom loving Americans. The speech was titled "The Republic Repulsed," but for many it became known as the Thin Blue Line speech.
This thin blue line . . .this thin blue line of policemen . . .is all that holds this country together and they are wavering from the assault on the one side and the lack of support on the other. If this line ever breaks, this country will be so irretrievably lost that no army will ever restore the freedoms that we now have . . .Robert Konkle August August 23, 1969.
The Gold Star Tribute placed on the Thin Blue Line symbol is to honor all those who have been killed in the-line-of-duty.
"The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them." G. W. Bush 2001.