U.S. Border Patrol Pays Tribute to Fallen Heroes
EL PASO, Texas – Members of the United States Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector along with other law enforcement agencies honored the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol who lost their lives while protecting the nation in a special commemorative ceremony held today at the National Border Patrol Museum.
U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron A. Hull, and other high-ranking officials were on hand to pay tribute as well as to offer inspiration and words of comfort to the family members of the fallen agents.
“Today, we are honoring our brothers and sisters who gave the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect our beautiful country and everyone in it," said Aaron A. Hull, Chief Patrol Agent, U,S, Border Patrol, El Paso Sector.
Since its inception on May 28, 1924, the U.S. Border Patrol has seen the passing of 128 agents in the line of duty. During the ceremony, all of the 128 names were read, aloud followed by the somber ringing of a bell, and the 21-gun salute. A helicopter fly-over from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations, El Paso Air Branch was performed, followed by the clicking hooves of a rider less horse salute. The ceremony concluded with the retirement of the colors by the El Paso Sector’s Border Patrol Honor Guard.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.