WASHINGTON, DC (GRAY NEWS) - Law enforcement officers from across the country who died in the line of duty were honored during a police memorial in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.
President Donald Trump was there to show his respect for the fallen and those they left behind.
Thousands of people filled the lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Wednesday to honor the 158 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2018, and the 59 officers who died from illnesses related to the 9/11 attacks.
“They embodied our highest ideals and greatest aspirations. They were the very best of us. There was nobody close. Today we engrave their memories into our hearts and inscribe their names into the eternal roll call of American heroes," President Donald Trump said.
The President expressed his gratitude and support for all law enforcement officers.
“In honor of the fallen we pledge to always support their brothers and sisters in blue. We stand firmly, strongly and proudly with the incredible men and women of law enforcement," the President said.
The President also didn’t shy away from getting political. He mentioned the border wall, ending sanctuary cities and prosecuting people who make false police reports.
The White House will be lit in blue Wednesday evening in appreciation of law enforcement officers.