President Donald Trump spoke at the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol on Monday.
The service, which honors law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty last year, marks the start of National Police Week.
“It’s a great honor to address America’s heroes on this most solemn occasion,” Trump said. “Words cannot express the depths of our gratitude, but I hope that our actions will show you how deeply we care and how strongly we feel about protecting those who protect us.”
“America stands strong with our men and women in blue,” Trump continued. “Believe me, we stand strong together.”
He said the attacks and ambushes of police officers must end, and he’s calling on all Americans to work together with law enforcement to make our communities safer for citizens and officers.
“Every drop of blood spilled from our heroes in blue is a wound inflicted upon the whole country,” Trump said.
“May today be the beginning of a new era of respect and appreciation for law enforcement.”