Earlier today, law enforcement officers took part in a memorial for the 25 Texas police officers who died in service over the past two years.
Every two years, the Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Texas hosts a candlelight vigil and a memorial ceremony and parade in May. The parade started at the Congress Avenue Bridge and ended at the Capitol, marched by a procession of color guard teams, police motorcycles, cyclists and pipe and drum corps.
At the Capitol, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst addressed families of the fallen officers and spoke about the importance of Texas's police force.
“There heroes that we’re honoring today are just not a statistic, they’re not just a badge number. They’re sons and daughters and husbands and wives and brothers and sisters. I swear to you, their names and their stories are now woven into the legendary tradition of Texas lawmen.”
There was a candlelight vigil at the State Capitol’s Texas Peace Officer Memorial the night before the parade.