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Police Week: Honoring Courage, Saluting Sacrifice

President Obama and Attorney General Lynch attend the National Peace Officers Memorial ServiceAttorney General Lynch and President Obama attended the National Peace Officers Memorial Service today at the U.S. Capitol, an annual ceremony honoring law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. 

In his remarks, President Obama honored the 131 peace officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, and praised the bravery of our nation’s law enforcement:

It takes a special kind of courage to be a peace officer.  To be the one people turn to in their most desperate moments.  To be willing to run into a dangerous situation, when everyone else is running the other way.  Scripture tells us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves -- but only a special few take that commandment so deeply to heart that they are willing to risk their lives so that others -- often total strangers -- can know peace and security.  And that’s what peace officers do. 

On Wednesday night’s Annual Candlelight Vigil, Attorney General Lynch paid tribute to the law enforcement officers who had fallen:

Today, we celebrate and remember all that they were, all that they did and all that they stood for during the precious years we were privileged to have their service, their protection, their friendship and their love.  Today, we share stories of their valor, their idealism, their humor and their grace.  Today, we recommit ourselves to the high standard that they set for all of us – in the service of our country, and in support of our fellow Americans.  We are all heirs to their weighty legacy and we must be champions of those they sought to protect.

Attorney General Lynch and FBI Director James Comey at the Candlelight VigilEstablished in 1962, Police Week recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement and honors law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Attorney General Lynch also attended memorials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; and Bureau of Prisons. 


Updated March 3, 2017