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Liberty Wing Defenders remember fallen during National Police Week

Airmen from the 48th Security Forces Squadron and the 100th SFS raise the U.S. flag during a morning reveille ceremony at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 11, 2020. The ceremony was held to mark the beginning of National Police Week, an annual time of remembrance to commemorate those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

Airmen from the 48th Security Forces Squadron and the 100th SFS raise the U.S. flag during a morning reveille ceremony at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 11, 2020. The ceremony was held to mark the beginning of National Police Week, an annual time of remembrance to commemorate those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

Airman 1st Class Gabbie Reyes, a member of the 100th Security Forces Squadron at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, prepares to raise the U.S. flag during a morning reveille ceremony at RAF Lakenheath, England, May 11, 2020. The ceremony was held to mark the beginning of National Police Week, an annual time of remembrance to commemorate law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

Airman 1st Class Gabbie Reyes, a member of the 100th Security Forces Squadron at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, prepares to raise the U.S. flag during a morning reveille ceremony at RAF Lakenheath, England, May 11, 2020. The ceremony was held to mark the beginning of National Police Week, an annual time of remembrance to commemorate law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

Airmen from the 48th Security Forces Squadron and the 100th SFS fold the U.S. flag in preparation for a morning reveille ceremony at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 11, 2020. The ceremony was held to mark the beginning of National Police Week, an annual remembrance to commemorate law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

Airmen from the 48th Security Forces Squadron and the 100th SFS fold the U.S. flag in preparation for a morning reveille ceremony at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 11, 2020. The ceremony was held to mark the beginning of National Police Week, an annual remembrance to commemorate law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

Airmen assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron stand guard over the memorial during a fallen warrior candlelight vigil in honor of National Police Week at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 14, 2020. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

Airmen assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron stand guard over the memorial during a fallen warrior candlelight vigil in honor of National Police Week at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 14, 2020. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

48th Security Forces Squadron Airmen perform a changing of the guard during a fallen warrior candlelight vigil in honor of National Police Week at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 14, 2020. National Police Week recognizes the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, paying special tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

48th Security Forces Squadron Airmen perform a changing of the guard during a fallen warrior candlelight vigil in honor of National Police Week at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 14, 2020. National Police Week recognizes the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, paying special tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

Tech Sgt. Alex Baron, a Military Working Dog trainer assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron, and his MWD Cchuy, act as a silent patrolling overwatch in remembrance of fallen Defenders during a candlelight vigil for National Police Week at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 14, 2020. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

Tech Sgt. Alex Baron, a Military Working Dog trainer assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron, and his MWD Cchuy, act as a silent patrolling overwatch in remembrance of fallen Defenders during a candlelight vigil for National Police Week at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 14, 2020. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 as Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

Defenders from the 100th Security Forces Squadron move through the shoot house during a close-quarters combat capture the flag challenge for National Police Week at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, May 13, 2020. Shoot house scenarios allow security forces Airmen to hone their tactics and skills as law enforcement professionals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

Defenders from the 100th Security Forces Squadron move through the shoot house during a close-quarters combat capture the flag challenge for National Police Week at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, May 13, 2020. Shoot house scenarios allow security forces Airmen to hone their tactics and skills as law enforcement professionals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

Airmen from the 48th Security Forces Squadron help one another gear up for their roles as opposing forces during a close-quarters combat capture the flag challenge for National Police Week at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, May 13, 2020. Training scenarios allow security forces Airmen to hone their tactics and skills as law enforcement professionals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

Airmen from the 48th Security Forces Squadron help one another gear up for their roles as opposing forces during a close-quarters combat capture the flag challenge for National Police Week at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, May 13, 2020. Training scenarios allow security forces Airmen to hone their tactics and skills as law enforcement professionals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

A defender from the 48th Security Forces Squadron checks around a corner for opposing forces in the shoot house during a close-quarters combat capture the flag challenge for National Police Week at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, May 13, 2020. The challenge was one of several events during National Police Week, an annual time of remembrance to commemorate those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

A defender from the 48th Security Forces Squadron checks around a corner for opposing forces in the shoot house during a close-quarters combat capture the flag challenge for National Police Week at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England, May 13, 2020. The challenge was one of several events during National Police Week, an annual time of remembrance to commemorate those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

48th Security Forces Squadron Airmen stand at attention as the names of fallen Defenders are called out during a guardmount ceremony in honor of National Police Week at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 15, 2020. The symbolic final roll-call is performed to recognize and commemorate Defenders who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
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48th Security Forces Squadron Airmen stand at attention as the names of fallen Defenders are called out during a guardmount ceremony in honor of National Police Week at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 15, 2020. The symbolic final roll-call is performed to recognize and commemorate Defenders who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

Tech. Sgt. Michael Rusaw, a Defender assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron, places a rifle upon the fallen warriors memorial table during a ‘Ghost Walkers’ ceremony at the final guardmount in honor of National Police Week at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 15, 2020. The memorial demonstrates how many parts of a thing can form something altogether more powerful, and each item is a symbol of one part of the sacred duty of the Defenders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
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Tech. Sgt. Michael Rusaw, a Defender assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron, places a rifle upon the fallen warriors memorial table during a ‘Ghost Walkers’ ceremony at the final guardmount in honor of National Police Week at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 15, 2020. The memorial demonstrates how many parts of a thing can form something altogether more powerful, and each item is a symbol of one part of the sacred duty of the Defenders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

Tech Sgt. Alex Baron, a Military Working Dog handler assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron, reads the MWD poem ‘Guardians of the Night’ during the final guardmount in honor of National Police Week at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 15, 2020. National Police Week recognizes the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, paying special tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)
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Tech Sgt. Alex Baron, a Military Working Dog handler assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron, reads the MWD poem ‘Guardians of the Night’ during the final guardmount in honor of National Police Week at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, May 15, 2020. National Police Week recognizes the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, paying special tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England --

48th Security Forces Squadron Airmen commemorated National Police Week May 10-16.

National Police Week recognizes the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement members, paying special tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

“In 1962, John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week thereof, National Police Week,” said Tech. Sgt. Marquin King, 48th SFS NCO in charge of police services. “It is a time for us to commemorate our fallen defenders and fellow law enforcement officers around the world.”

The squadron held several events throughout the week including a close-combat capture the flag challenge, a fallen warrior candlelight vigil, and a final guardmount and closing ceremony. During the guardmount, a roll call was performed where the names of 14 fallen Defenders were called out.

National Police Week events at RAF Lakenheath are usually celebrated in conjunction with the 100th SFS at RAF Mildenhall as well as local constabularies, but amid COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, the week's events this year were scaled back.

“Even though we were restricted on some of the things we could do, the ultimate goal is to commemorate and show appreciation for our fallen heroes,” said King. “We do it all for them.”