WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Buses carried in families from across the country. They were guided on a path of blue, black and green uniforms in a procession for the surviving families of those killed serving in the line of duty.
“To celebrate their careers and what they did for the law enforcement community is really good and it just makes you feel really awesome to be able to represent not only your department, but every law enforcement office across the country," Officer Loren Frost, Commander of the Midland Texas Police Honor Guard said.
Frost helped welcome families to a candlelight vigil ceremony in honor of National Police Week in Washington D.C. For Midland Police Officer Brian Weerstra, he's never seen anything like it.
"Its my first time. Always been a bucket list item. It's amazing all the law enforcement agencies from across the state country even Germany behind you it's pretty neat," Weerstra added.
It's been a difficult year for police officers in the state of Texas, from shootings in Dallas and San Antonio. The thoughts of many of their own weren't far from their minds.
"We lost one of ours a couple of years ago so it's still pretty hard," Cristin McNulty added.
The officers escorted the surviving families to the ceremony on the National Mall. They lit thousands of these candles to honor those lost.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly joined the ceremony attended by thousands.
But the focus remained on the survivors.
“We’re all looking behind everybody and watching each others backs and that’s what it takes in this profession to watch each others backs and to take care of each other so we can take care of the community," Officer Frost added.
The night ended as they read the names of the fallen officers and a sea of flickering candles lit the National Mall. The flames may extinguish but the memory of these men and women, never will.