WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is paying tribute to law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty last year. He says they protected all Americans and that their country is grateful for the officers' ultimate sacrifice.
The president is attending a memorial service Saturday on the west front lawn of the Capitol along with families of those late federal, state and local officers. Obama says the officers being honored helped to give Americans a sense of security in their daily lives - a life free from fear - and he says that's what makes freedom possible.
Peace Officers Memorial Day is part of National Police Week, an annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice.