Trump pays tribute to fallen police officers

Frederick Owens
May 17, 2017

The president made respect for law enforcement a theme of his remarks outside the U.S. Capitol.

National Peace Officers' Memorial Day kicks off Police Week.

The first National Police Memorial Day was proclaimed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, and the week in which it falls would then be designated National Police Week.

Trump signed a proclamation on Monday declaring the day "Peace Officer Memorial Day" and the upcoming week "Police Week", The Hill reports. "This is a demanding career choice, there's a lot of sacrifice for not only those who are in law enforcement, but their families as well".

"We place a great responsibility on our law enforcement officers", Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan said.

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In describing the qualities of a true hero, state police Major Steven Nigrelli said slain officers willingly gave up their lives to save others.

Authorities say 143 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty past year throughout the country.

The public is also invited to attend these events in support of the Oak Ridge Police Department and law enforcement nationwide. "When they do that, they do it with the full knowledge that, God forbid, theirs could be the next name on that memorial inside the doors behind me".

Sessions promised law enforcement he would "have their backs", as he leads the Justice Department.

During the service, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell thanked the officers who now serve. We honor those who sacrifice daily to keep their communities safe and work to increase communication and build essential trust. "We give thanks for who these men and women were, and we celebrate what they did and what they stood for", said Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the service Saturday evening.

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