Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Fallen officers to be honored at annual memorial ceremony

Fallen officers to be honored at annual memorial ceremony

Area Honor Guards did a gun salute to remember those who died in the line of duty.

President Trump urged Americans to say "thank you" to police officers they encounter on the beat, saying Monday it would be the priority of his administration for the nation's police to be treated with the honor they deserved.

"National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day reminds us of the many sacrifices made by law enforcement officers and their families", Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said.

As we acknowledge your service, we gather to honor the sacrifice and we trust to comfort the families of members of our law enforcement community who lost their lives in the line of duty.

The president spoke at the 36th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service on Capitol Hill, as the Associated Press reported.

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This weekend there was a candlelight vigil on the National Mall in Washington to mark the 394 names added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

"Our liberties depend on the rule of law, and that means supporting the incredible men and women of law enforcement", President Trump said in a proclamation signed Monday.

President Trump politicized a longstanding bipartisan tradition honoring fallen police officers on Monday, attacking his political opponents while promising to stand up for police officers. "Then later on, as it progressed, Congress passed a public law dedicating an entire week to Police Officers' Memorial Week".

The year of 2016 was an especially painful one for the men and women in blue.

For the active law enforcement professionals in the crowd, it was a reminder that the communities they serve recognize that service.

The families of officers Smith and Smarr will stay in Washington for several more days, participating in support activities.

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