Flags at half-staff for Peace Officers Memorial Day


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Pelham police were in attendance, they said via social media, and honored the memory of fallen officers from across the nation.

The document goes on to note that out of the 118 officers who died on duty past year, 66 were "victims of malicious attacks".

Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

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Trump also designated May 15 as National Peace Officers' Memorial Day.

The president also singled out several names of law enforcement officials who perished as a result of anti-police attacks in 2016.

Trump said police officers are often subject to "unfair defamation and vilification and - even worse, hostility and violence".

"This was the greatest loss of law enforcement life in a single incident since 9/11", said Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, president of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.

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"As long as I'm president, you will always find an open door at the White House", Trump said during a speech at the Capitol during the annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service on Monday.

After a Saturday night candlelight vigil that added the names of the officers killed past year, more than 21,000 men and women who died in the line of duty are now commemorated on the National Law Enforcement Memorial here.

"Today, I encourage residents to observe Peace Officer Memorial Day by remembering the six men who died protecting this community, because we must not ever get to the point of forgetting their ultimate sacrifice", said Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson. They attended the candle light vigil on the Mall in support of fallen officers.

Amarillo's service coincides with National "Law Enforcement Memorial Day" services across the country.

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The president, who departs for his first overseas trip as president later this week, said it was his duty as president to keep America "safe from crimes, safe from terrorism and safe from all enemies - foreign and domestic". She has worked closely with law enforcement throughout her career, and was pleased to hear Trump's pledge to increase respect for law enforcement. "They are the pride of our nation and we will hold them in our hearts always and forever", he said. "It's wonderful that they have this here, but it's also so sad that we have to have it here".