The event was held on the west lawn of The Capitol and attended by families of 116 federal, state and local officers who died while on the job.
The President says all Americans should be grateful for the officers 'ultimate sacrifice,"but what makes freedom possible are the law enforcement officers we honor today. It's men and women like so many of you. It's anyone who has ever put on a uniform or put on a badge in the name of law, in the name of order, in the name of protecting and defending the United States of America.”
Peace Officers Memorial Day is part of National Police Week, an annual tribute to law enforcement service and sacrifice.