WASHINGTON (MNS) — Every 15 minutes, Border Patrol agents ceremoniously changed guard Monday, stoically marching in memory of those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
As part of National Police Week, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service had its own memorial service and honor watch for the 88 agents who have died since the Border Patrol's inception in 1924.
This year, though, was a little different. There were no new "survivors" — or people who lost their loved ones — at the memorial ceremony Monday morning. And that's because there was nobody to survive.
For the first time in five years, no Border Patrol agents died in the line of duty last year.
Though the mood remained somber, Senior Patrol Agent J.E. Bunner Jr. said the agents felt some relief.
"Thank God we don't have the grief of having to honor brothers and sisters we lost this year," Bunner said.