'On Peace Officers Memorial Day, We Honor Noble Service of Law Enforcement
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today commemorating Peace Officers Memorial Day:
on Peace Officers Memorial Day, we honor those who have made the
ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. In a ceremony on the steps
of the U.S. Capitol, sponsored by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order
of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary,
we will honor those 145 law enforcement officers who were killed
during the last year.
President Kennedy designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial
Day. As a nation, and with a united voice, we salute those who go
above and beyond the call of duty to keep us safe.
San Francisco Police Officer Isaac Espinoza was killed in the line
of duty last month, my home town of San Francisco was reminded of
the sacrifice law enforcement officers make when they selflessly
risk their lives to protect us.
also like to highlight the service of one special group of law enforcement
officers: the United States Capitol Police. At tomorrows ceremony
and every day, the United States Capitol Police protect one of the
most cherished symbols of our democracy. A 1998 attack on the Capitol
that resulted in the deaths of two Capitol Police Officers tragically
highlighted their critical role.
than 740,000 Americans serve in the federal, state, and local police
forces. Thanks to their tireless public service, law enforcement
officers have long been symbols of comfort and security in the communities
they serve. Since September 11th, we have asked our law enforcement
officers to play an additional role as 'first responders.' In every
community across America, law enforcement officers are our first
line of defense against another terrorist attack.
of all of our law enforcement officers and first responders, my
colleagues and I will continue fighting to provide the tools necessary
to keep America safe. We owe these men and women -- and the Americans
they protect -- nothing less.
great respect and much appreciation, we take this opportunity to
remember the fallen, and honor the noble service of those who protect