El Paso, Texas - On Thursday, May 28, 2015, members of the United States Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector along with other law enforcement agencies honored the men and women who lost their lives while protecting the nation in a special commemorative ceremony today held at the National Border Patrol Museum.
U.S. Border Patrol Deputy Chief Ronald D. Vitiello, El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent, Jeffrey D. Self 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 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 the 120 names were 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 from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air & Marine helicopter from the El Paso Air Branch. 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 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.