HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - Remembering those sworn to protect and serve, who lost their lives in the line of duty was the focus of numerous memorials around the country.
In Henderson, officers from several law enforcement agencies gathered on the Rusk County Courthouse lawn to honor those who have fallen over the years.
Congressman Louie Gohmert was the keynote speaker.
The tradition of the rider-less horse was kept, representing officers who lost their lives in service to their communities, and a gun salute was the final volley of honor.
"It takes a special person as it does to be a doctor, nurse, police officer and not everybody's cut out for it and I'm proud to be part of that brotherhood and certainly pay tribute to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice, doing the job and carrying out the laws of the land," said Patrol Lieutenant Brian Cole, with the Rusk County Sheriff's Office.
The Peace Officers Memorial Week was designated by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to honor all law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty.