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DHS Honors Fallen Law Enforcement During National Police Week 2021

DHS Honors Fallen Law Enforcement During National Police Week 2021

During National Police Week, the Department of Homeland Security pays special tribute to the heroic law enforcement officers who lost their lives protecting us all. We honor them this week, yet we remember them always. We are forever indebted to those who serve and protect – those we have lost and those who continue to serve.  

Police Week is a special occasion each year when our law enforcement family gathers across the country to grieve our fallen colleagues and move forward together, strengthened by the bonds of service to the noble mission of law enforcement. During this week of remembrance and mourning, DHS is reflecting on their sacrifices through a series of memorial events. Below, we share moments from this week’s commemorative events. 

Due to COVID-19, in-person events for the 2021 National Police Week were rescheduled to October 13-17.

National Treasury Union Employees Union Wreath-Laying Ceremony

WASHINGTON (October 12, 2021) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in wreath laying ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Memorial. (DHS Photo by Zachary Hupp)

WASHINGTON (October 12, 2021) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in wreath laying ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Memorial. (DHS Photo by Zachary Hupp/Released)

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WASHINGTON (October 12, 2021) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in wreath laying ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Memorial. (DHS Photo by Zachary Hupp)

WASHINGTON (October 12, 2021) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas participates in wreath laying ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Memorial. (DHS Photo by Zachary Hupp/Released)

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ICE Honors HSI Special Agent Louis H. Aguirre

In a special Police Week ceremony, ICE honored Special Agent Louis H. Aguirre, who died on November 27, 2020, as a result of the cancer he developed after his assignment investigating those who were responsible for the attacks on September 11, 2001.   (DHS Graphic by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Released)

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Learn more about the 59 ICE officers who hold a place on the ICE Wall of Honor or learn more about ICE’s Police Week commemorations.

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Holds Annual Candlelight Vigil

Tens of thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC to join the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial’s annual Candlelight Vigil. Secretary Mayorkas, Attorney General Garland, Deputy Secretary Tien, U.S. Secret Service Director Murray, Acting CBP Commissioner Miller, and other DHS and Administration leadership joined the ceremony along with families of the fallen and law enforcement from across the country to honor officers who have died in the line of duty.

Tens of thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC to join the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial’s annual Candlelight Vigil. Secretary Mayorkas, Attorney General Garland, Deputy Secretary Tien, U.S. Secret Service Director Murray, Acting CBP Commissioner Miller, and other DHS and Administration leadership joined the ceremony along with families of the fallen and law enforcement from across the country to honor officers who have died in the line of duty.  (DHS Photo by Zachary Hupp/Released)

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Tens of thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC to join the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial’s annual Candlelight Vigil. Secretary Mayorkas, Attorney General Garland, Deputy Secretary Tien, U.S. Secret Service Director Murray, Acting CBP Commissioner Miller, and other DHS and Administration leadership joined the ceremony along with families of the fallen and law enforcement from across the country to honor officers who have died in the line of duty.

Tens of thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC to join the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial’s annual Candlelight Vigil. Secretary Mayorkas, Attorney General Garland, Deputy Secretary Tien, U.S. Secret Service Director Murray, Acting CBP Commissioner Miller, and other DHS and Administration leadership joined the ceremony along with families of the fallen and law enforcement from across the country to honor officers who have died in the line of duty. (DHS Photo by Zachary Hupp/Released)

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FLETC Honors Fallen Law Enforcement

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Training Centers held a Peace Officers Memorial Day Ceremony in Glynco, Georgia.

CBP Holds Valor Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony

Washington, D.C. (October 15, 2021) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas attends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Valor Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony, honoring the CBP law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.  (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum)

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas attends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Valor Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony, honoring the CBP law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum/Released)

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Washington, D.C. (October 15, 2021) Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas attends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Valor Memorial and Wreath Laying Ceremony, honoring the CBP law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.  (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum)

Secretary Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary Tien, and CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller joined CBP leadership and family of fallen agents and officers to mark Police Week with a wreath-laying ceremony. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum/Released)

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FPS Shares Commemorative Police Week Video

The Federal Protective Service shared a commemorative Police Week video, featuring messages from Department leadership and a special wreath-laying ceremony. The ceremony honored Lowery Ware, Sr. – the first FPS officer lost in two decades – who died of COVID-19.

Fraternal Order of Police National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, alongside leaders from across the Federal Government, including President Joe Biden, attends the Annual National Police Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, alongside leaders from across the Federal Government, including President Joe Biden, attends the Annual National Police Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum/Released)View Original

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, alongside leaders from across the Federal Government, including President Joe Biden, attends the Annual National Police Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, alongside leaders from across the Federal Government, including President Joe Biden, attends the Annual National Police Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum/Released)View Original

(Left to right) FOP National Secretary Det. Jimmy Holderfield, President Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Secretary Mayorkas, FBI Director Wray, and U.S. Secret Service Director Murray, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram honor our Nation’s fallen law enforcement officers at the annual Fraternal Order of Police National Police Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
(Left to right) FOP National Secretary Det. Jimmy Holderfield, President Biden, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Secretary Mayorkas, FBI Director Wray, and U.S. Secret Service Director Murray, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram honor our Nation’s fallen law enforcement officers at the annual Fraternal Order of Police National Police Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum/Released)View Original

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Topics: Law Enforcement Partnerships
Keywords: Law Enforcement, Police Week
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Join DHS for #SeeSayDay on September 25 and Protect Your Community

Join DHS for #SeeSayDay on September 25 and Protect Your Community

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An informed public plays a critical role in keeping our communities safe. September 25 is “If You See Something, Say Something®” Awareness Day, also known as #SeeSayDay. “If You See Something, Say Something” is more than just a slogan; it’s how we protect our communities.

On September 25, we encourage you to participate in #SeeSayDay on social media. #SeeSay Day will help to raise awareness about the importance of recognizing and reporting suspicious activity.

Anyone can participate in SeeSay Day by using #SeeSayDay and #WhyISeeSay on social media on or before September 25 to raise awareness about the importance of recognizing and reporting suspicious activity.

Secretary Mayorkas is participating in #SeeSay Day. Here’s what he had to say about #WhyISeeSay:

Here’s how you can participate in #SeeSay Day this Saturday, September 25th:

  • Share why YOU “See Say” on or before Saturday, September 25: Share why you “See Say” on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #WhyISeeSay and #SeeSayDay.
     
  • Learn the indicators of suspicious activity and how to report it in your state. Share with your friends, family, and others in your network.
     
  • Organize a group photo: Group photos don’t have to be in person. Download this bubble sign, write down why you SeeSay, and take a photo with your friends, colleagues, or other members of your community while hosting your virtual event. Don’t forget to share on social media using #WhyISeeSay and #SeeSayDay.
    • Follow CDC and jurisdictional COVID-19 guidance before coordinating in-person activities
       
  • Test your awareness by watching the “The Challenge” PSA series. Find the videos at www.dhs.gov/TheChallenge. Share the videos on social media and challenge your network to test their awareness, too.

To empower and educate Americans about suspicious activity and how the report it, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s "If You See Something, Say Something®” campaign works with state, local, tribal and territorial partners across the country year-round to raise awareness and share resources. This year, DHS expanded its public awareness campaign offerings to ensure equitable access to campaign messages and materials.

The new materials are available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Haitian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese and can be downloaded by the public from the translated outreach materials webpage. Each package of translated resources includes three sets of posters, two graphics for website or advertising use, and three social media graphics.

“If You See Something, Say Something®” is a national campaign that raises public awareness about the indicators of terrorism, terrorism-related crime, and domestic violent extremism, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.

To learn more about the “If You See Something, Say Something®” campaign, including how to become a partner, visit: www.dhs.gov/SeeSay.

We can help keep our communities safe by reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement. #SeeSayDay. September 25th. If You See Something Say Something logo. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Seal
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Topics: Human Trafficking
Keywords: Human Trafficking, If You See Something Say Something, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
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Message from Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas on Citizenship Day

In naturalization ceremonies throughout America today, the “call of countries" will be read. That is when the many countries of origin of the soon-to-be American citizens are announced in alphabetical order. The candidates for citizenship come from all over the world. They come to America because there is no other country like ours. We are the greatest democracy in the world, the land of opportunity, and a place of refuge.

Today is Citizenship Day. Today we host special naturalization ceremonies in communities everywhere. This day, and each day that we grant citizenship to new Americans, is a day of national renewal and new beginnings. The lives of individuals and families are given new hope and the life of our country is newly enriched.

Fifty years ago, this country gave my parents, sister, and me a new life when we were naturalized and became United States citizens. I feel deeply the profound gratitude that the millions of new Americans before and since then have for those who made it possible.

Those who make it possible are all of you. Thank you for everything you do in service of our great country.

 

Alejandro N. Mayorkas
Secretary of Homeland Security

With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.​

Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security
Keywords: Citizenship and Naturalization, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
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DHS Remembers: Honoring the Victims of the September 11th Attacks

DHS Remembers: Honoring the Victims of the September 11th Attacks

DHS Recommits to Our Mission to Safeguarding the American People, Our Homeland, and Our Values  

This week, we mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and mourn the nearly 3,000 lives taken too soon. The people who perished in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville—including the heroic first responders who gave their lives to help others—left behind loved ones and communities who were never again the same. In the years since, more than 2,000 more were lost to 9/11-related illnesses as a result of working in hazardous conditions during recovery operations. We honor their lives and their memory on this solemn occasion, and mourn what we all lost on that terrible day.  

As we mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, DHS honors the memory of those who lost their lives by serving our mission with dedication. We remain committed to working together across every level of government to keep our Nation safe from evolving threats, both foreign and domestic. 

During this solemn anniversary, the Department is commemorating in a number of ways. 

On Wednesday, September 8th, Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas planted a seedling from the 9/11 Survivor Tree that the Department of Homeland Security received. Secretary Mayorkas was joined by survivors, first responders, victim families, and military veterans.

 

A Callery pear tree became known as the “Survivor Tree” after enduring the September 11, 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center. Today, the tree stands as a living reminder of resilience, survival, and rebirth. Each year, the 9/11 Memorial gives seedlings from the Survivor Tree to three communities that have endured tragedy in recent years, as well as communities that have committed to nurturing these trees to serve as landmarks symbolizing resiliency and hope.  

Secretary Mayorkas plants a seedling from the 9/11 Memorial Survivor Tree at DHS headquarters in Washington, D.C

Secretary Mayorkas plants a seedling from the 9/11 Memorial Survivor Tree at DHS headquarters in Washington, D.C (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum/Released)

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This week, we invite you to join us in lighting a virtual memorial candle on our website in honor of the victims of September 11th.   

DHS remembers September 11, 2001, and remains vigilant in our shared efforts to combat the threats of today and tomorrow alongside our partners. Together, we will continue to protect, serve, and safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values. 

 

Topics: Homeland Security Enterprise
Keywords: 9/11
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Message from Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas on the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

Colleagues,

Later this week, our Nation will observe the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We will set aside time on that solemn day to honor those who lost their lives. We will pay special tribute to the many heroes who, in the service of others and our country, selflessly showed us the best of who we are.

You show us that too, through your work for our country every single day.

On the solemn day of September 11 – a day that is declared our National Day of Service and Remembrance – I ask that you lead others in your community to volunteer their time in service of others. You can learn of volunteer opportunities in your community from AmeriCorps.  ​ ​If you want to support the effort to resettle Afghan nationals as part of Operation Allies Welcome, please consider signing up for the DHS Volunteer Force.

September is also National Preparedness Month and it is fitting that this year's theme is Prepare to Protect. While we help families, households, and businesses prepare for emergencies and disasters, we also offer a unique opportunity for colleagues to volunteer to deploy across the country and around the world to assist those in need. In whatever way you choose to contribute – whether by volunteering, donating to a charitable cause, or other act of giving – you will make a difference.

Through your service, you keep the American public safe and you make our country stronger. Thank you for everything you do.

 

Alejandro N. Mayorkas
Secretary of Homeland Security

With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.​

Topics: Preventing Terrorism, Secretary of Homeland Security
Keywords: 9/11, Employee, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
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