Mr. Speaker, today is National Police Officers Memorial Day, May 15. Last year, 181 peace officers in the United States were killed in the line of duty. Over 18,000 have been killed in the line of duty serving this country. At this very hour on the west front of the Capitol, thousands of police officers and families of those who have been killed in the line of duty are assembling to pay tribute to these wonderful men and women who represent the United States.
Just 10 years ago, two Capitol Police officers, John Gibson and Jacob Chestnut, were killed in the line of duty defending this Capitol and literally gave their lives for Members of Congress.
MOMENT OF SILENCE
I would ask that the House observe a moment of silence in honor of these peace officers and their wonderful families.
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