Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute, acting CBP Assistant Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and employees of the Office of Field Operations attended a candlelight vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Tuesday evening. The event honors officers killed in the line of duty during the long history of securing America's port of entry.
Hosted by the National Treasury Employees Union, the event featured the reading of 113 names of officers killed during the long history of customs officers. The U.S. Customs Service dates back to 1789.
NTEU President Colleen Kelly joined Lute and McAleenan in explaining the significance of the vigil. The three then read each of the 113 names, and a candle was lit for each.
CBP's chaplain, Joshua Shorr, provided an invocation and the CBP Ceremonial Honor Guard presented colors. The vigil is held annually.
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.