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Attorney General Eric Holder Honors 362 Fallen Peace Officers at Annual Candlelight Vigil

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, photo

Shoshanna Utchenik

While most of us were celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday, Attorney General Eric Holder commemorated the service of fallen peace officers in an annual candlelight vigil, as part of National Police Week, reports the Justice Dept and PR Newswire.

Each May 13, fallen officers’ newly engraved names are formally dedicated  and read aloud at The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC.

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke to the crowd that typically draws about 20,000 officers and supporters:

“As we lift up these brave individuals – and the nearly 20,000 others whose names are etched into these walls – we also pledge to remember their stories. We honor their service and sacrifice. And we affirm that – although they are missing from this crowd of heroes tonight, in both memory and spirit they are still with us. Their selfless actions continue to guide and inspire us. And – in each of the law enforcement professionals gathered here, and in the work of our nation’s Department of Justice – the mission that became the cause of their lives goes on.”

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