"Remarks by the Vice President at the National Peace Officers" Memorial Service

The White House is lit in blue to honor police officers killed in the line of duty on Monday, May 15, 2017, in Washington.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy declared this day as Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and this week around the country will be National Police Week. National Police Week and the Peace Officers Memorial Day draw almost 40,000 law enforcement officers and their families to Washington, D.C. every year.

"Please know that you do not grieve alone", he told the families of the fallen officers.

Memphis Police Department was also represented in Washington D.C. during the unity tour.

Governor Greg Abbott today attended the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) memorial service honoring fallen peace officers. "He also signed a proclamation in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week".

"128 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty since 1878 just before Montana became a state", he said.

"It's really been something different, but we miss Nick very much", said Janice Smarr, mother of fallen Officer Nick Smarr.

The president discussed how his "law and order" approach to policing would benefit officers, and met with families in the crowd, even throwing his hat to a boy who'd lost a parent.

"I've been in law enforcement for 37 years, so I know more than a handful of the names on the list unfortunately", says Barre Police Chief Tim Bombardier.

"It's nice to see people outside of law enforcement haven't forgotten and it's nice for the Mayors Coalition and the Governor's Office to put things together for this".

  • Larry Hoffman