Governor Greg Abbott delivered remarks at the 2019 Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony in Austin on Monday. The Governor honored fallen Texas peace officers and their families and thanked the men and women of law enforcement for their commitment and sacrifice to keeping their communities safe. Following his remarks, the Governor presented medals commemorating the officers’ service to the families of the fallen peace officers who were recognized during the ceremony.
“Today, we join the families of fallen officers in mourning the tragic loss of life, but we also join them in celebrating their lives and the lasting impact they had on their communities and fellow officers,” said Governor Abbott. “I thank the men and women of law enforcement for their commitment to protecting and serving our communities. It is a duty that requires courage, selflessness, long hours, and sleepless nights. Despite the challenges and the risks, each and every one of them answered the call, and for that, we are eternally grateful.”
During the 85th Legislative Session, Governor Abbott signed House Bill 3647, which established the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony as an annual event. This year’s ceremony was the second to be held since the passing of the law.