Ceremony to be held for Peace Officers

Posted May 17, 2017

The memorial includes 21-thousand names of fallen law enforcement officers dating back to 1791.

Obama had flags flown at half-mast for police, the paper reported, but didn't shine the blue light on the White House.

The families of Americus Police Officer Nick Smarr and GSW officer Jody Smith made their way to their seats at the 36th Annual National Police Officers Memorial Service.

The color blue is in honor of police officers who have been killed and disabled during the line of duty.

We ask everyone to take a moment to remember the dedication and sacrifice of the men and women who work day and night, 365 days a year, to enforce our laws and keep our communities safe.

Each year the nation loses an average of 140-160 law enforcement officers in the line of duty.

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"These officers did exist, they did do their job and they gave the ultimate sacrifice while doing their job", said Barry Michael, Deputy Chief with the Jackson Police Department.

Already this year, he noted 118 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty.

The president signed a proclamation Monday declaring the day "Peace Officer Memorial Day" and the upcoming week "Police Week".

President Donald Trump promised on Monday to do all he could to stop violent crimes against law enforcement.

McLane urges citizens to thank their local law enforcement for their service.

For numerous friends, family members and officers at the memorial, memories are all they have left of their loved ones. "We can not avoid this dark truth. we are here because these men and women gave everything, gave their very lives for us", Sessions said on Saturday.