EL PASO, Texas – Members of the United States Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector, along with several other law enforcement agencies, honored the men and women who lost their lives while protecting the nation during a special commemorative ceremony held at the National Border Patrol Museum.
El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent, Jeffrey D. Self and other high-ranking officials were also on hand to pay tribute, offer inspiration and provide words of comfort to the family members of the fallen agents.
Since its inception on May 28, 1924, the U.S. Border Patrol has seen the passing of 120 agents in the line of duty. During the ceremony, all of those names were individually read aloud, followed by the ringing of a somber bell toll. The clicking hooves of a rider-less horse were followed by a fly-over by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine helicopters from El Paso. The ceremony concluded with the retirement of the colors by the El Paso Sector’s Border Patrol Honor Guard.
Several member of the media were in attendance at the event.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.