White House goes blue to honor nation's police officers

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The Upper Peninsula Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony will be held Thursday in the Sault Ste.

Police in Northeast Wisconsin are honoring fallen officers as part of National Police Week.

President John F. Kennedy first proclaimed May 15th to be Peace Officers Memorial Day in 1962.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 15, 2017, where he signed a law enforcement proclamation.

These fallen officers and their families were honored Monday at the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service at the Jean Dean Public Safety Building, conducted by the Fraternal Order of Police Gold Star Lodge 65.

We ask everyone to take a moment to remember the dedication and sacrifice of the men and women who work day and night, 365 days a year, to enforce our laws and keep our communities safe.

"I've been in law enforcement for 37 years, so I know more than a handful of the names on the list unfortunately", says Barre Police Chief Tim Bombardier.

"The attacks on our police must end and they must end right now", he said as the crowd applauded.

"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.

Trump asked Americans around the country to tell a police officer "thank you" next time they come across one and promised to declare his support proudly for law enforcement throughout his administration.

Of those officers, 143 of them died previous year. He expressed his support for law enforcement.

With this year's additions, there are now 21,183 names engraved on the memorial.

"It's a huge event for us and it's something that we are proud to participate in, the families are going to be out there".