EL PASO, Texas – Members of the United States Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector, along with other area law enforcement agencies, honored the men and women who lost their lives while protecting our nation’s borders in a special commemorative ceremony held today at the National Border Patrol Museum.
Chief Patrol Agent of the El Paso Sector, Scott A. Luck, and other high-ranking officials were on hand to pay tribute as well as offer inspiration and words of comfort to the family members of the fallen agents.
Since its inception 90 years ago, on May 28, 1924, the U.S. Border Patrol has seen the passing of 118 agents in the line of duty. During the ceremony, all of the 118 names were read aloud followed by the ringing of a somber bell toll. The clicking hooves of a rider-less agent’s horse were followed by a fly-over by a CBP Office of Air & Marine helicopter from the El Paso Air Branch. The ceremony concluded with the retirement of colors by the El Paso Sector’s Border Patrol Honor Guard.
This solemn USBP ceremony is conducted in the El Paso Sector each year to pay tribute to our nation’s fallen officers.
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.