WASHINGTON (AP) - Decrying violence against police, President Donald Trump honored the "brave souls" of law enforcement on Monday and vowed his administration would look for ways to reduce violence against police.
This day has been observed in our country annually ever since. "Police officers are the thin blue line whose sacrifices protect and serve us every day, and we pledge to support them as they risk their lives to safeguard ours".
The lighting of blue lights on Monday night is part of a celebration of Peace Officers Memorial Day, a 55-year-old tradition started by former President John F. Kennedy, the Daily Mail reported.
In the 45-year history of the Hendersonville Police Department, four officers have died while on the job.
Nationwide, though, law enforcement has grown increasingly risky, with more than 750 officers killed in the line of duty since 2011.
Vice President Mike Pence, who spoke before Trump, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions also attended the memorial. "They're putting their lives on the line to make sure their communities are safe", said Green.More news: Trump Taps Callista Gingrich to Be Ambassador to the Vatican
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"I think it's wonderful that his sacrifice is not forgotten", Fritz said.
Trump also seemed to conflate protests against police brutality with a rise in murders of police officers in recent years.
"The attacks on our police must end and they must end right now", he said as the crowd applauded.
In addition, Special Olympics of South Dakota is hosting its annual Law Enforcement Torch Run across the state, which begins today in Sioux Falls and concludes in Spearfish on Thursday, May 18.
But, Monday, they joined families from across county to salute the fallen, people many knew as law enforcement officers, but they remember as their sons, brothers and uncles.