Both the President and Vice-President added flowers to a wreath that is now at the national law enforcement memorial.
President Trump urged Americans to say "thank you" to police officers they encounter on the beat, saying Monday it would be the priority of his administration for the nation's police to be treated with the honor they deserved. "The names of more than 21,000 men and women who wore the uniform grace the Memorial walls, and they deserve all the recognition this day bestows on them".
The lighting of blue lights on Monday night is part of a celebration of Peace Officers Memorial Day, a 55-year-old tradition started by former President John F. Kennedy, the Daily Mail reported.More news: Lawmakers Agree Trump Must Turn Over Comey Tapes if He Has Them
President Donald Trump spoke at the 36th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol on Monday.
Trump directed the Department of Justice earlier this this year to develop a strategy to better prevent violence against law enforcement officers.
"We take this day and week to honor their extraordinary service and sacrifice and we remember the fallen heroes whose selfless acts have left behind safer streets and stronger communities", McLane wrote. It honors officers nationwide who have lost their lives in the line of duty.More news: Heat Face Long Odds in NBA Draft Lottery
Law enforcement from the Greensboro, High Point and Gibsonville police departments were there as well as the Guilford County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina Highway Patrol. He said that 118 law enforcement officers had died in the line of duty in 2016. "When they do that, they do it with the full knowledge that, God forbid, theirs could be the next name on that memorial inside the doors behind me". "We need to remember them and take time out to do that for their family members and friends".
"May Americans learn from the example of the heroes we have lost, and always keep in mind to trust each other, work with each other, and love each other".More news: Iran Pursuing 'Capability to Build Missile-Deliverable Nuclear Weapons — US Intelligence Report