U.S. Congressman Ted Poe commemorated the law enforcement community in ceremonies on Sunday in Washington, D.C. As part of National Police Week, Congressman Poe attended the Fraternal Order of Polices 24th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service and presented a Beaumont family with a flag that had flown over the Capitol in memory of Sgt. Mike Lane.

Congressman Poe presented the family of Sgt. Mike Lane with a flag that was flown over the United States Capitol in honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Sgt. Lane was killed in the line of duty on September 15, 2004 during a search and rescue mission for a reported boat fire on the Sabine Lake. His family was in Washington, D.C. for a ceremony to place his name on a wall of honor at the National Police Memorial.

Sgt. Lane was an outstanding member of the Beaumont community and the Beaumont Police Department, Rep. Poe said. It was an honor and a privilege to commemorate him and to show gratitude to his family and the law enforcement community.

The ceremony was extremely moving, Poe said. I was proud to salute the heroes in the law enforcement community that have given their lives to keep us safe.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation to designate May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as "Police Week". Every year since, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C. to participate in a number of planned events, which honor those members of the law enforcement community that have given their lives in the line of duty.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 18th), Congressman Poe will deliver a tribute to Sgt. Mike Lane on the floor of the House of Representatives.