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Police Honor Fallen At U.S. Capitol Today

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A visitor at the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial.
A visitor at the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial.

One of the most solemn events that marks National Police Week is happening today on Capitol Hill.

Today is Peace Officers Memorial Day, a tradition that goes back to President John F. Kennedy. Later this morning thousands of police officers, representing local , state and federal agencies will gather on the west front of the U.S. Capitol for a memorial service.

The 32nd National Peace Officers' Memorial Service honors those who have fallen in the line of duty in the previous year. This tradition started in 1982 with fewer than 200 officers and survivors. Now, thousands of those who serve and protect come to this solemn gathering in their dress uniforms every year to remember those who paid the ultimate price.

Immediately after the service there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial.

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