Deployed Service Members Observe National Police Week

Chief Petty Officer Steve Wagner, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Antiterrorism/Force Protection operations chief, salutes the American Flag during the U.S. National Anthem at the National Police Week candlelight vigil May 13, 2014, at the Thunderdome on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. CJTF-HOA Antiterrorism/Force Protection Operations Chief Salutes the American Flag

Chief Petty Officer Steve Wagner, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Antiterrorism/Force Protection operations chief, salutes the American Flag during the U.S. National Anthem at the National Police Week candlelight vigil May 13, 2014, at the Thunderdome on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. At the service, Camp Lemonnier members read the names of 136 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty during 2013.

Camp Lemonnier members attend a candlelight vigil in honor of National Police Week May 13, 2014, at the Thunderdome on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Camp Lemonnier members attend a candlelight vigil in honor of National Police Week May 13, 2014

Camp Lemonnier members attend a candlelight vigil in honor of National Police Week May 13, 2014, at the Thunderdome on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Every second week of May Americans observe National Police Week and pay tribute to law enforcement officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, delivers his remarks at the National Police Week candlelight vigil May 13, 2014, at the Thunderdome on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. CJTF-HOA Commanding General Delivers Remarks at National Police Week Candlelight Vigil

Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, delivers his remarks at the National Police Week candlelight vigil May 13, 2014, at the Thunderdome on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Every second week of May Americans observe National Police Week and pay tribute to law enforcement officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Sailors bow their heads in a moment of silence at the National Police Week candlelight vigil May 13, 2014, at the Thunderdome on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Sailors Bow Their Heads in a Moment of Silence at the National Police Week Candlelight Vigil

Sailors bow their heads in a moment of silence at the National Police Week candlelight vigil May 13, 2014, at the Thunderdome on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. At the service, Camp Lemonnier members read the names of 136 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty during 2013.

Camp Lemonnier members held a candlelight vigil in honor of National Police Week May 13, 2014, at the Thunderdome on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

Every second week of May Americans observe National Police Week and pay tribute to law enforcement officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

More than 150 people attended the vigil.

“We have a mission to protect and defend the American people and we in the military are not alone in that mission,” said Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general. “We have about 120,000 teammates out there; these law enforcement professionals protect and defend inside the boundaries of the United States.”

Camp Lemonnier members read the names of 136 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty during 2013.

U.S. Navy Lt. Walter Frey, a retired New York City Police Department officer, was the main speaker for the evening.

“The names that we will hear tonight are not just names on a piece of paper or etched on a wall, they are family and friends… fathers, mothers, sons, daughters and colleagues,” Frey said. “As you sit quietly tonight and listen to the names, ask all those in attendance to reflect not on those fallen heroes’ deaths, but instead to celebrate their lives.”

Following Frey’s comments Camp Lemonnier military working dog handlers read names of K-9s that died in the line of duty during 2013.

“Just as a cop walks a thin blue line between good and evil, our K-9 partners walk along side us,” Frey said. “We will remember our K-9 partners tonight who also made the ultimate sacrifice.”

To conclude the ceremony those in attendance observed a moment of silence.

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Deployed Service Members Observe National Police Week

Camp Lemonnier members held a candlelight vigil in honor of National Police Week May 13, 2014, at the Thunderdome on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.