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Family members and colleagues of a fallen officer pause before placing their roses during the anniversary, Oct. 15.



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Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, left, and Jennifer Thacker, national president of Concerns of Police Survivors, present a wreath during the 17th Anniversary of National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.



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Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey speaks during the 17th Anniversary of National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Oct. 15 in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey along with Jennifer Thacker -- the national president of Concerns of Police Survivors -- joined law enforcement officers, supporters and surviving family members of officers killed in the line of duty in commemorating the 17th anniversary of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The annual Wreathlaying Day ceremony, took place at 1 p.m. today (Oct. 15), pays special tribute to law enforcement officers from the D.C. area and federal agencies who made the ultimate sacrifice during the past 12 months.

"The officers honored today dedicated themselves to enforcing the laws of our great nation -- to making sure those words on paper have real meaning," Mukasey said. "This ceremony reminds us that doing that -- upholding the rule of law -- does not come cheap.
"Because these officers fell while protecting our safety, our prosperity, and the integrity of our system of government, we remember and honor them."

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was dedicated on Oct. 15, 1991, by President George H.W. Bush and includes the names of all known U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. At the time of its dedication, 12,668 names were engraved on the Memorial's walls. Today, 18,274 officers are remembered there.

This year's Wreathlaying Day honored 17 officers from Maryland, Virginia and several federal agencies who have died in the line of duty since the Oct. 2007 Wreathlaying event.

The names of officers who have died in the line of duty during 2008 will be engraved on the Memorial next spring, and will be officially dedicated during the 21st Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13, 2009.

The following law enforcement officers from Maryland, Virginia and federal agencies who died in the line of duty since Oct. 2007 were recognized during the 2008 Wreathlaying Day ceremony:

Maryland State Police: Trooper First Class Mickey Lippy, September 28, 2008

Maryland Transportation Authority: Corporal Courtney Brooks, January 1, 2008

Prince George's County (MD) Police Department: Sergeant Richard Findley, June 27, 2008

Smithsburg (MD) Police Department: Officer Christopher Nicholson, December 19, 2007

Chesapeake (VA) Police Department: Detective Jarrod Shivers, January 17, 2008

Fredericksburg (VA) Police Department: Officer Todd Bahr, June 5, 2008

Stafford County (VA) Sheriff's Office: Deputy Sheriff Jason Mooney, October 19, 2007

Virginia Beach (VA) Police Department: Detective Michael Phillips, August 7, 2008

U.S. Border Patrol: Senior Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar: January 19, 2008

Bureau of Indian Affairs: Criminal Investigator Denise Phoenix, February 14, 2008

U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Border Patrol Agent Jarod Dittman, March 30, 2008

Drug Enforcement Administration: Supervisory Special Agent Thomas Byrne, August 30, 2008

Federal Bureau of Prisons: Correctional Officer Jose Rivera, June 20, 2008

Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Department of Agriculture: Officer Kristin Fairbanks, September 20, 2008

Office of Special Investigations, U.S. Air Force:

Special Agent Thomas Crowell, November 1, 2007

Special Agent Nathan Schuldheiss, November 1, 2007

Special Agent David Wieger, November 1, 2007

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