U.S. Border Patrol Pays Tribute to Fallen Heroes
EL PASO, TX – This week, members of the U.S. Border Patrol's El Paso Sector and numerous other law enforcement agencies and community members joined together for a commemorative ceremony at the National U.S. Border Patrol Museum to honor agents who made the ultimate sacrifice.
U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron A. Hull provided a keynote address for the crowd who gathered to pay tribute to those who lost their lives while protecting our nation's borders. In a special tribute, the families of fallen agents were provided words of inspiration and comfort as part of the solemn event.
Since its inception on May 28, 1924, the U.S. Border Patrol has seen the passing of 127 agents in the line of duty. During the ceremony, all of the 127 names were read aloud followed by the ringing of a somber bell toll, and a 21-gun salute. An aerial "fly-by" provided by a CBP Air & Marine Operations helicopter crew added another special touch. That was followed by another moving sight, the clicking of 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.
Each year, El Paso Sector joins numerous other sectors in honoring fallen agents at various locations along the southwest border, and throughout the United States.
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.