Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today joined Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner David Aguilar, U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd, and other law enforcement leaders at the 24th Annual Candlelight Vigil, honoring the service and sacrifice of law enforcement professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty.
"We come to pay our respects to these officers and honor their service and selfless sacrifice. We remember the lives they led and the examples they set in their agencies and departments, and their communities," said Secretary Napolitano. "And we recommit ourselves to the cause they served, to uphold the rule of law and the pursuit of justice."
During the vigil, Secretary Napolitano joined officials in the lighting of candles to honor the memory of the 362 fallen law enforcement officers being added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this year.
Dedicated in 1991, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial honors U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Including the officers whose names are being added this year, there are now 19,660 names engraved on the Memorial, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and federal law enforcement and military police agencies.
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