On Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15) and throughout Police Week (May 12 – 18, 2019), we express our unwavering gratitude to our nation’s law enforcement officers. The courageous men and women that selflessly confront danger to protect our families and defend our communities on a daily basis.
We also honor and remember those who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. Never forget their sacrifices.
The 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service was held March 15, 2019 on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. The ceremony honored law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty, and the Roll Call of Heroes read during the ceremony paid special tribute to the 228 peace officers who lost their lives in the line of duty during 2018.
President Trump was the keynote speaker at the service and shared the following with the thousands in attendance…
“To all of the families of our fallen officers: Our whole country is praying for you, embracing you, and pledging to you that we will never, ever leave your side, never disappoint you.
Your loved ones were extraordinary and selfless Americans who gave everything they had in defense of our communities, our children, and our nation.
These brave heroes did not put on the uniform for praise or for glory. They wore the badge because it was their duty, their calling, their noble purpose to serve, protect like nobody has ever done it before.
They embodied our highest ideals and greatest aspirations. They were the very best of us. There was nobody close. Today, we engrave their memories into our hearts and inscribe their names into the eternal roll call of American heroes.
In honor of the fallen, we pledge to always support their brothers and sisters in blue. We stand firmly, strongly, and proudly with the incredible men and women of law enforcement.
You do not hear it nearly enough, but Americans across this country love you, they support you, they respect you — more than you would ever know; more than you would, frankly, ever think even possible. They have great respect for law enforcement and the job you do.”
President Trump is right…officers don’t hear how much we appreciate them enough. I challenge you to take a few seconds of your time this week to say “Thank You” to an officer.
Here are some photos and video of 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service…