WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The sound of bag pipes carried throughout the grounds as two local law enforcement officers were honored in Washington.
It's a show of honor, respect and unity. With heavy hearts, Clay County Sheriff Detective David White was honored at a national memorial service in the nation's capitol.
The sheriff says all White wanted to do was protect the public.
"I think the best way to honor his memory is to do our jobs the way he wanted it done, and so we're gonna resolve to do that," said Rick Beseler, Clay County sheriff.
White was shot and killed while investigating a suspected meth lab.
Speaking at the service, President Barack Obama publically honored all 143 officers killed in the line of duty.
"We must do what we can, with all that we have, to live our lives in a was that pays tribute with their memory," said President Obama.
Florida Correctional Sgt. Ruben Thomas was also honored, he was stabbed to death by an inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institution in March last year.
Most of the law enforcement officers did not have seats, some standing more than a football field away from the President as he spoke to the sea of officers wanting to pay their respects.
White and Thomas' names are now carved into stone, forever honored, never forgotten.