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Honoring Deputy Allery and the other fallen officers

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Washington, D.C. (WDAZ-TV)

A day to honor those who were killed in the line of duty.

They may have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe, but their legacy continues to burn.

Lead by the roar of police motorcycle....families of officers who made the ultimate sacrifice were escorted into the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall.

They came from across the country including North Dakota. The father and brother, along with the children of Rolette County Sheriff's Deputy Colt Allery, were among the nearly 20,000 in attendance.

"Freedom isn't free, there are those who paid a price for it," said former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, who is now the chairman of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The 29-year-old from St. John was among the 129 officers who made the supreme sacrifice last year. Deputy Allery was shot and killed by a career criminal driving a stolen car

"I am reminded of the sacrifice of these wonderful American law enforcement officers every time I sign a letter to the families of every officer who has lost their life in the line of duty," said current U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Current and former national leaders talked about the importance of the thin blue line.

"The line between right and wrong," commented Ashcroft.

And said police officers shouldn't be putting a target on themselves by putting on the badge. 

"When a police officer is shot, each of us dies in some measure," said Ashcroft.

Then state, by state a roll call of the 360 names added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, some who made the ultimate sacrifice before the national memorial was created.

The 183rd name called hit close to home, it was Deputy Colt Allery's name.

Then as 20,000 candles illuminated the national mall, the country was reminded of one thing.

"Stories that inspire us and memories cannot be extinguished," commented a speaker.

A plea to make sure the men and women in blue return home each night. 

"I think it's our duty to honor the fallen by stopping the falling," called Ashcroft.

"Tonight we remember our fallen heroes," mentioned Sessions.