tv President Trump at National Peace Officers Memorial Service CSPAN May 15, 2018 11:38pm-12:45am EDT
>> joe wiggins will now deliver the invocation. >> please join me in prayer. our gracious god and father, we are so thankful for the goodness that you have the stone upon each of us. father, we thank you that your god is near to us in a time of grief and suffering. we come before you this morning as a grateful nation as we honor the men and women in law-enforcement who made the ultimate sacrifice in the seriously injured while performing their duties this past year. father, it is our prayer today that these families will be comforted from the heart ache and pain of losing a loved one. may this memorial service in the speaking and performing in song and music provide a source of strength to all. keep us from discouragement, and give us strength to never give up, and learn through tragedy in crisis to lift up our eyes to the hills. when we need help or help comes from the lord who made heaven and earth. father, we also offer their prayer for the president of this
great nation, president donald trump and his family. especially today, first lady, melania trump as she is in the hospital. pray for quick recovery in a full recovery. father, we are thankful for vice president, mike pence and other national leaders here before us today. we pray that you will guide us. i pray for checks canterbury our national president and fop executive board. as we continue to better our law-enforcement and keep in our office are safe. in your name we pray, amen. >> colors order arms. please be city. ready, cut. colors, honor guard, rest.
joined me this year. beginning on my right, please welcome micah stanger, the senate sergeant in arms and a longtime fop member. [applause] >> it is th cheryl scholz. [applause] next to cheryl, craig floyd, president and ceo of the national officers memorial fund. [applause] next, please only welcomed the country music duel combo, branch and dean and we look forward to your performance. also with us today is matt of the u.s. capitol police and with him is the detective, stephen ayres, thank you for being here. a special thank you to the u.s. capitol police for all they do for us.
please welcome the chief executive officer of miller course, one of our longest standing and corporate partners. i am pleased to introduce one of the fop strongest advocates in the house, former sheriff, our friend is retiring this year from the house at the end of this congress and we wish him well and we will miss him. >> the sheriff is a very special guest for us. the minority whip of the u.s. house of representatives, man that is spent here many times,. [applause] it's also nice to have a soon retired nominee, paul ryan, it's a pleasure to welcome you here and we welcome you for your support and work over the last
years. next is linda, she is with us and we'll have a few remarks in them to minutes. turning to my left, please welcome paul irving. [applause] next, another soon retired, tom homan. [applause] we are also pleased to have with us acting director of the u.s. marshals service, david anders anderson. [applause] also joining us today is kevin mechling, commissioner for order patrol and tom brandon, the acting director of alcohol, tobacco and firearms. russell glad to have with us this day the labor secretary
alex acosta. alex is a longtime member of the administration serving in the justice department as well as u.s. attorney in miami. i also want to thank and welcomed the u.s. attorney general, jeff session. the general has been a long partner of the fop and we are proud of the work h we do with e department of justice. you have been a tremendous source of support and we greatly value your vision and leadership as our nation's top cop. my privilege and honor to welcome the vice president of the united states, michael r. pence. we will introduce a more fully in few minutes. it is my honor and privilege to
have with us today, donald j. trump, president of the united states of america. [applause] it is now my honor to introduce linda, president of the excel refer a few comments and introduction. >> good morning. mr. president, mr. vice president, cabinet members, and members of congress, brothers and sisters of law enforcement, family and friends of our fallen heroes. welcome to the 37th annual national peace officers memorial service. in 1962, president john f. kennedy proclaimed that may 15 of each year be observed as
peace officers memorial day. a day in which top honor the brave law-enforcement officers who probably were the uniform, who daily served the communities in which they lived and worked, and who ultimately made the supreme sacrifice in the performance of their duty. the proclamation was signed october 1, 1962. on this date in 1982, yearly observance was established to recognize and honor our hero. today, we honor 199 officers who hug their kids, kiss their loved one, called their parents, wave to their neighbor, and donned the uniform and shield one last time. they believed in the code to serve and protect because they knew what they did mattered.
they knew their job of enforcing laws and preserving order in the communities in which they lived in work made a difference. these officers and the families that matter to them expected them to return from their shi s, to continue life as it has been, normal, everyday living. however, this is not the case from the officers we honor today. life gathered here was changed the day there officer was killed. we want to assure you that you will never be alone. you and your family matter. you matter to friends, you matter to your family blue, and you matter to us. if you have not experienced unity of brotherhood and sisterhood before, the events that occurred for the days and weeks following the loss of your officer and the event you have experienced this week confirmed
that you will never walk alone. there's a kinship, connection, and bond like no other between those that wear the badge. you need to only look around you today to be reassured that your loved one will forever be written on the heart and soul of the law enforcement community. it was once said that it is not what we have that matter what matters is what we give away with love. these officers did just that. their happiness was in doing their job on protecting and serving this on a daily basis. these 199 brave men and women gave their all. they lay down their life to protect and serve the family, friends, coworkers and public were here today to honor them.
may they rest in peace. may god bless the families they leave behind, and may god bless america. thank you. [applause] i'm pleased to introduce our next speaker. mike pence has devoted his life to public service. he served with great distinction in the u.s. house of representatives and as a member of the committee and judiciary he proved to be a strong advocate for law-enforcement officers and their families. his commitment to public safety helped him become governor of the great state of indiana and then the price presidency. mr. vice president, we are grateful you came to our service last year. we are honored that you have come again to be with our survivor families. please help me welcome the 40 te vice president of the united states.
[applause] [applause] >> mr. president, members of the cabinet, distinguish members of congress, honored guest, members of the law-enforcement community and the precious families of our peace officers whose memory and we remember today. it is national police week, i am deeply humbled to join so many courageous men and women of law-enforcement, especially the families of our fallen at this, the 37th annual national peace officers memorial service. you honor us by your presence here today.
to the leadership of the fraternal order of police and all of those who serve on the thin blue line of law-enforcement, sheriffs, deputies, marshals, detectives and all those who have traveled from near and far together at our nation nation's capital, we are honored by your presence. every year since 1982, members of our law-enforcement community, their families and friends have gathered on this day in washington, d.c. in solemn memorial services across this country, to mourn the phone, honor the sacrifice, and rededicate ourselves to stand with those who protect our families and our communities every day. last year, president trump and i were honored to stand before the this gathering of president trump promised on that day, and
this administration as he said and i quote, we will always support the incredible men and women in law-enforcement. that is precisely what donald trump has done. [applause] in the past year we have taken decisive action to give additional tools, funding, and equipment to those who protect and serve. as a nation has witnessed, time and again, this president has made it clear to the men and woman of law-enforcement and their families that we are with you. we stand with you. president donald trump in the white house, we will always give those who serve on the thin blue line of law-enforcement the honor and the respect that you
earn every single day. [applause] as you know, and as this dave of remembrance of visibly reminds us, there is hardship in your calling and much work to be done to ensure the safety and security of men and women that serve in law enforcement. this year alone, we have seen attacks on law-enforcement officers that have claimed the lives of 28 heroes. soon, these names will join those of 199 police officers who have fallen in the line of duty last year. we remember, memorialize, pray for them today. all of their names will be added to a long line of heroes, more than 21000 strong who made the
ultimate sacrifice to protect the lives of their fellow americans. these names like them gone before will forever be etched in those two marble walls at the national law-enforcement's memorial. be assured, these names will forever be etched into the hearts of the american people. those of you who wear the uniform and want to be no these are not numbers, they were your partners, your friends, you know their families. and you know the lives that have been shattered. the fallen heroes we remember today all answer the same call of duty. to protect and serve the hearts were filled with the same selfless courage written long ago that no greater love has a man than this, that he should lay down his life for his friends. today in any day american loses
one of our heroes in law-enforcement, we mourn with those who mourn and grieve with those who grieve. but we do not grieve like those who have no hope. for your heroes give us hope. the heroes we honor today and the men and women of law-enforcement gathered here and those looking on from across the country are heroes. you are the peacekeepers, the shield from the innocent and the guardian. and the american people are grateful every day. you courage strikes fear in the hearts of those who would do harm, your sacrifice fee fills law-abiding citizens with confidence, pride and gratitude. your presence makes our communities stronger, or streets as ever, and our nation more secure. you are the best of us. the debt we owed to you and your
families is a debt we can never fully repay. but know this, under president donald trump, we will always fight for you. we will always support you, and we will never stop striving to be worthy of your noble example of service and sacrifice. with the selfless dedication of peace officers in the leadership of this president, and with god's help, i know we will make america safe again. may god comfort the families of the following, may god protect each of you as you protect and serve in may god bless america. [applause]
>> it is my privilege to introduce branch and dean to perform, the- >> thank you. >> music is intended to change lives, we never knew when we brought this on will be changing lives. >> the song is called the-come about the little line between the year you were born in the year you were lost. i lost a son from cystic fibrosis and we usually go around spreading awareness but today we came to dedicate the-12 the fallen officers and we appreciate you very much. >> yes, we do. we honor the fallen today, and the dashes about that little line, but what are you going to do with it. i don't care where you're from or who you are, we have one thing in common, we only get one breath and it's what you're going to do that.
we are so honored that you guys serve and protect us. we are grateful. we ask you, how will you spend your? ♪ ♪ ♪ from 1990-2013 it's a written and granted in peace. those two little numbers with the line in between, got me thinking about how much that little line means ♪ ♪ life goes by so fast, and our stories combined about how we spend that-♪ ♪ so take every breath like it's the only one you'll get ♪
♪ there's only so much breath you get to take when it comes to love you can never get enough, love like you mean it every day ♪ from the first breath till the last ♪ ♪ how you spend your- ♪ we rejoice when they open up their eyes. lord load on say goodbye. one moment there's a future, and another that you pass ♪ ♪ but from this moment on i know just how all spend my-♪
♪ take every breath like it's the only one all get, there's only so much breath you get to take. when it comes to love, you can never get enough ♪ ♪ so love like you mean it, every day ♪ ♪ from the first breath until the last ♪ ♪ how do you spend your dash ♪ ♪ so when it comes to love, you can never get enough ♪ ♪ love like you mean it every day ♪ ♪ from the first breath until the last, how do you spend your
dash ♪ ♪ from 1990-2013 was written in granite ♪ ♪ so how will you spend your dash ♪ ♪ thank you to all the officers who spent your dash serving and protecting. god bless you guys ♪ [applause] >> i want to welcome you again to the 37th annual peace officers memorial service. thirty-seven years ago, the national fop auxiliary recognized that we had a national bill passed in 1962 but we had not done much with it
after that. in 1982 people gathered in washington, d.c. to honor that years fallen. it has turned into what we now call police week. we recognize that we had a duty and responsibility to honor those who put on a badge or star until make it home to their families. for the past 37 years, we have corrected the mistake we made. we now come together every year on may 15 to make sure this country never forgets those who served with honor and distinction. this is a fitting tribute. as we sit here today with the president and vice president and members of the cabinet, members of the house and senate, we can see that our heroes do not die in vain.
the thousands of law-enforcement officers were here come to show you, the families that we are indeed one-family. we will support our families in the time of me. in 1995, ronald reagan in his message about police week said, let us resolve to do all in our power as citizens of the united states, to support law-enforcement officers and their work and pray that no more taken from their families and that those that they so ably served. in this way, those have laid down their lives for their fellow man will not have died in vain. during the past three years we've seen an uptick in violence against law-enforcement officers. the reasons are not known, but we know no matter what the reason, friends, coworkers and family members deserve us to work together to reduce
violence. we must all endeavor to make our communities safe. the loss of one officers too many. by making sure that america sees the loss we suffer and witness to the lives we honor today we can only hope that one day will be on this hollow ground honoring those from the past. the law-enforcement committee community is committed to keeping assay. we must have the same dedication from our elected officials. we believe they should help provides proper staffing levels, equipment and training sore agencies can complete our mission. we are pleased the trump administration has seen fit to fund us and provide the equipment we need to do our jobs. this past week at the bipartisan bill was introduced in congress
voted out of the house judiciary committee by unanimous voice vote. the protect and serve act will provide for federal penalties to those who deliberately target local, state, federal law enforcement. [applause] we urge congress to move quickly on the spell so we can send a strong message that hurting a law enforcement officer is wrong. nothing we say here today can fix those wrongs. nothing we say can fix broken hearts. but through our unitive voices and prayers we can commit to making sure's the souls we honor here today will never be forgotten. president abraham lincoln said, in the end it's not the years in your life that count is the life
in your years. those we honor today gave their best years for all of us. we are committing ourselves to making sure america remembers their service. god bless the families of fallen heroes, god bless her law-enforcement family, god bless our military for keeping a safe, and may god bless america. [applause] i am now honor to welcome amenities the keynote speaker for our 37th annual national peace officers memorial service. donald j trump, president of the united states. [applause] mr. president, it's great privilege and honor to have you with us today. as we pay our respects and share our grief with families of our nation's fallen heroes. in recent years, men and women of blue have felt like a target
instead of guardians of the peace. we are targeted by scorn, disrespect, and by violence. we've come to learn that we cannot always count on elected leadership in this country to have our back. mr. president, you have never wavered. your constant support of law-enforcement, your deep commitment to keeping our nation and community safe is deeply felt, we cannot be more grateful. your presence sets examples that we hope others will follow. the senate version of our bill has been introduced by senator or in hatch and senator hyde camp, both were invited but were unable to attend. senator hyde camp is an escort for the north dakota officer. thank you for being with us. these attacks on law enforcement must stop. enough is enough.
in pledging to protect and serve they placed themselves in harm's way. now, harm seeks them out. mr. president, on the campaign trail you made many promises and you have delivered on every one of them. you have done what you said and together we will continue to keep our country safe. brothers and sisters, guess, please help me welcome the president of the united states, donald j trump. [applause] [applause] [applause] >> thank you very much. i want to start by saying, melania is in the hospital doing well, she is watching us right
now. i want to thank the incredible doctors, walter reed medical center. they did a fantastic job. thank you. she sends her love. [applause] i also want to thank jim pascoe, linda, chaplin and everyone at the fraternal order of police, and all you do to ensure our brave people that we are so proud of, we are honored to have these cherished officers and we are honored to have all of you with us today. it is my great honor to be here for the second time. i'll see you in about another six times. [applause] perhaps after that you will have had enough. [applause] we stand with our police and we stand with you 100%.
i think we have shown that. vice president pence, members of my cabinet, members of congress and distinguished guest, thank you for joining us on one of the most important and solemn occasions of the year. the day we pay tribute to law-enforcement heroes. they are heroes who gave their lives in the line of duty. they made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in safety and peace. to the families and survivors with us, i know today's filled with sadness and pain. but today is also filled with love, the love of an entire nation wrapped his arms right around you. they love you.
they are praying for you, they are grieving with you in pledging to you that we will never forget how are heroes, ever. [applause] thank you. and thank you, you know what i mean. they're looking down and they are proud of you and they love you so much. thank you. this morning i want to speak to the young sons and daughters who join us today. i want you to know that your moms and dads were among the bravest americans to ever live. when danger came, when distraction loomed, they did not flinch, they were not afraid.
they did not falter, they stared down danger, ray stone alleys, chase down criminals, kick down doors and faced down evil, brave they did it all with courage, with dignity, with pride and with love their nation of families. they lived every day of their lives by the most sacred calling, to serve and to protect. their immortal legacy lives on in each and every one of you. their strength lives in your soul, their courage close in your heart, and their blood flows in your veins.
today, every american heart bleeds blue. [applause] that is for sure. [applause] this morning i want to share with you, the american people a few stories about the heroes we have gathered to celebrate and remember. with us today is the family of lieutenant aaron allen, special of the south fourth police department in indiana. his wife stacy and his tune sense, tj and aaron, where are they? yes. thank you. [applause] thank you. [applause] lieutenant alan was an air force veteran. after his service he followed his childhood dream to become a police officer. he served in law enforcement for
20 years, no great was t no jobs too great and no job is too small. he took extra shifts at night and was always available. he stop by to say hello to members of his community. during christmas time he took children in need shopping for presents. he was always there for anybody that needed him. in 2015, he was given the officer of the year war after saving two lives, last year he walked his son to the bus for his first day of kindergarten. just hours later, lieutenant alan was shot and killed in the line of duty.
since then, the whole southport community has come together to support the allen family. i hear that if you go to the police station you'll find that six-year-old and he's up there and he is giving orders and he is respected and loved by everybody there. when his father was a true hero. to stacy, tj and aaron, today all of america sends you her love and our support. helen will live in our hearts forever. thank you. [applause] incredible man.
today we are also joined by savanna and isaiah clarksville along with their amazing mom, veronica. where are you? thank you we honor their father and husband, officer charles of the loss vegas metropolitan police department. as many of you remember, us the officer was off duty attending a concert with veronica when that horrible shooting began in las vegas last october. an army veteran immediately left
leapt into action rescuing the wounded and shielding the innocent. you all read about it, remember it so well. as he did, he was shot and killed by rounds of gunfire. he knew he was right in the path and it made no difference. he gave his life so countless others could live. savanna and isaiah, your dad was a guardian angel to those in need. now, he is keeping watch on you from heaven. very special family and a very special man, thank you very much. [applause] also with us today is the family of border patrol agent -- or
tenets from el paso texas. known as roger to his friends and family he worked on it dangerous part of the southern border, apart you have been reading about lately the part that were doing a lot with. agent martinez took pride and joy in serving his country as a border patrol agent he was extremely proud of what he did. every day he would go to work and risk his life to keep america safe. roger said he wanted to prevent terrorists and drugs from coming into our country. we all do. and we are going to get it done.
but that is exactly what he did. he bravely confronted the cartels, the smugglers, the human traffickers and gangs that threatened our communities. one night last november agent martinez died in the line of duty. it was horrific. it was violence, and he was brave. to agent martinez mom, to his son sergio and the entire martinez family, rogers profound and unselfish love of country is an inspiration to every american, everybody here and to me, i can tell you. a great inspiration. [applause]
we will always remember agent martinez and we will honor his noble sacrifice by continuing his vital mission. the first duty of government is to protect our citizens and the men and women of dhs are on the front lines of this incredible heroic fight. that is why we are calling on congress to secure our borders, supporter border agents, stop sanctuary cities shutdown policies that release violent criminals in our communities. we don't want it any longer. we've had it. enough is enough. [applause]
[applause] recently, ms 13 gang members called for the assassination of new york city police officers so the game could take back the streets. they got it wrong. we are the ones who are taking back the streets. we are getting them out of our country by the thousands. [applause] every week we are setting new records and we have a catch and release program two, we catch them when we release them in the country they came back from. we are getting them out. or we are putting them in prison. the trump administration has a policy and it's very clear, we
will protect those who protect us and who do such a great job in protecting us. [applause] that is why, as i promised all along that we are allowing local police to access the surplus military equipment they need to protect our officers and law enforcement agents and save their lives. and they are taking equipment at a record clip, millions of dollars of surplus equipment is going to our police departments. [applause] if we want to bring down violent crime, we must stand up for our
police. we must confront and condemn dangerous anti- police prejudice. can you believe there is prejudice with respect to our police? we are not going to let bad things happen to our police. [applause] so, we must show appreciation, gratitude, and respect to those who police or streets and patroller communities. in 2016 an officer was assaulted in america. this on an average of every ten minutes. it's outrageous and it is unacceptable. we must and the attacks on our place, and we must and them
right now. we believe criminals -- [applause] [applause] we believe criminals who kill our police should get the death penalty. [applause] bring it forth. [applause] one of the most alarming crimes taking place against our place our ambush attacks. think of that. ambush attacks. i have directed the justice department to do everything in its power to defend the lives of
you just told me something. >> that was unexpected. i was the part of the night she was killed and i knew her for about ten years i worked with her on and off. she volunteered to come back to patrol one of the roughest places in new york city she volunteered to come back and patrol. she was only there for about two weeks and i got to be with her that night. she may have been lost that night that she saved all of our lives because of her memory and
everything that transpired after the fact. she was an incredible person and is missed by family. this family is incredible. [applause] thank you very much. these are special, special people. i wanted to you last year, just a few hours after the city of new york celebrated the fourth of july, she was on duty in her vehicle not far from yankee stadium. big yankee fan. she was ambushed by a man for
the simple reason that she was a member of the police department. she was a member of law enforcement. that was the simple reason. the attack because she was so incredible was just looked upon so horribly. when people met the family, they saw what an incredible person she was. i just want to say that to your entire family if it's an honor to have you appear. we were not going to bring you up but i looked at givin you ane audience is that you have to come up because you are representing something so important. she loved the department and loved being a police officer. she loved her job and was respected by everybody. they told me all about her.
she was respect by everybody. so now she's looking down and she is so proud of. thank you very much. [applause] i told them to stay and we will go down together. i'm almost finished. to all the families here today who lost a loved one, i would like to ask you to all please stand. you've lost mothers and fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. and america lost incredible heroes. but they will endure forever and ever. she will endure forever.
in our memories and hearts and the countless lives they touched through their courage and grace their legacy will never die. your daughter's legacy will never die. the best i've ever seen. in a moment we will listen to the roll call of these great fallen officers as we read the names of your loved ones, we ingrained than into the eternal chronicle of american valor and when the siren players in the squad car races down the street into the police officer steps for confident, proud and strong, so brave in that uniform we will
think of you and your incredible daughter. we will be thinking of the heroes lost in think god for the men and women of law enforceme enforcement. thanks again to all of the wonderful policeand sheriffs and all of law enforcement and law enforcement officers. you are incredible people. you are the finest, you are our heroes. god bless you and our fallen heroes, god bless their families and god bless america. thank you very much. [applause]