Happening today . . .President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are paying tribute to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2017.
Honoring officers killed in the line of dutyLast year, 129 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty. This morning, at the 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, President Trump will join senior officials from across the Administration to honor these heroes’ sacrifices and recognize their families.
In May of 1982, 125 people gathered for the First National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. Over the last 37 years, the Fraternal Order of Police has honored more than 5,000 law enforcement officers nationwide.
Today, more than 20,000 officers, families, and friends of law enforcement attend the annual Memorial Service. In addition to the 129 officers who died in 2017, this year’s event will honor 70 additional officers whose deaths were previously unrecognized. Many of these 70 officers died from illnesses related to service during the September 11 attacks.
70 years of Israel’s independenceYesterday, the world celebrated the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence. To mark the occasion, President Trump fulfilled a signature campaign promise by officially opening the new United States Embassy in Jerusalem. He has also formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Vice President Pence spoke last night at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. “I bring greetings and congratulations from a leader who has done more to bring our two countries closer together in a year than any President in the past 70 years,” the Vice President said of President Trump.
“We gather here to celebrate nothing less than a miracle of history: the day when the Jewish people ended the longest exile of any people,” Vice President Pence said. “The United States of America was proud to be the first nation in the world to recognize the State of Israel seven decades ago.”