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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Friday marks Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. The holiday started by the FBI National Academy to thank officers across the country who take risks to protect their communities.

Every day 780,000 police officers put on a badge nationwide, going to work in the most unknown extreme conditions and dangers. Friday is our day to thank them.

It`s been particularly hard for law enforcement in recent months as a stigma and negativity get associated with their call to protect and serve. So, wear blue, post something on Facebook, or have your children make a card or write a letter.

Something so small that brightens the world of those who do so much.