The National Law Enforcement Memorial doesn't get the attention paid to some of the other tributes to fallen heroes in our nation's capital But this week was different. This is National Police Week, when we honor the service and sacrifice of peace officers across the nation.
Beginning Tuesday, law enforcement officers from departments all around the country stood in 10-minute shifts as honor guards at the memorial. For Wednesday was Peace Officers Memorial Day, when we honor those brave souls who gave their lives to serve their fellow citizens.
The memorial records the names of almost 22,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty over more than 230 years.
At ceremonies Wednesday, President Donald Trump took the stage to pay tribute to these heroes.
Speaking before a crowd of peace officers, their families, friends and supporters, the president expressed gratitude for all they do.
"On Peace Officers Memorial Day and throughout Police Week, we express our unending gratitude to our Nation's law enforcement officers. Those brave men and women selflessly confront danger to protect our families and defend our communities," he said. "We also honor those in blue who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. We are especially mindful of the tremendous sacrifices of the 106 heroes who laid down their lives last year while protecting their communities."
We join President Trump and a grateful nation in expressing our appreciation of all law enforcement officers. And we join as well in honoring those who gave their lives to protect and serve.