WASHINGTON, D.C. - There was a lot of emotion outside of the nation's Capitol Friday morning -feelings of sadness and pride mixed with strength as thousands of people including President Obama honored our nation's fallen heroes. The US Capitol played as the backdrop for tears and mourning. Taps played and family members filed in to hear the President address their loss.
“We hold them up as heroes because that’s what they are. It takes a special kind of courage to be a peace officer to be the one that people turn to in their most desperate moments,” said President Obama. It was a tough day for people like Sgt. Chris Guerrero. He was at the Capitol to honor his former colleague Dannie who was gunned down on the job.
“We are here to honor his family his wife his children and all the other fallen officers,” said Sgt. Guerreo. It was also a day for tradition and musical tribute. Some officers worked to secure the very event honoring their fallen brothers and sisters as others saluted, looking on while the President spoke.
“We can work harder as a nation to heal the rifts that still exist in some places between law enforcement and the people you risk your lives to protect. We owe it to all of you who wear the badge of honor and we owe it to your fellow officers who gave their last measure of devotion,” said Obama.
117 officers were killed in the line of duty in 2014. Officers outside the Capitol on Friday acknowledged this has already been a tough year for officers across the country. While they mourned, they also renewed their commitment to protecting and serving our communities.