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Border Patrol honors its own
Date: 5/21/2009 Album ID: 758453
Photos by Rudy Gutierrez
Since the Border Patrol's inception in 1924, a total of 104 agents nationwide have died while performing their duties. All of the fallen agents were remembered during the annual Memorial Observance ceremony at the National Border Patrol Museum. The service comes days before Memorial Day, which commemorates men and women who have died in military service to their country.
US Border Patrol agents stood at attention during the annual Memorial Observance outside the Border Patrol Museum at 4315 Trans Mountain Road Wednesday.  104 border agents who have lost their lives were memorialized at the event. The first agent to die in the line of duty occurred on April, 16, 1919. The last border agent to die in the line of duty was Jerod Dittman, who died on March 30, 2008. Rudy Gutierrez/El Paso Times
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With a black band over his badge, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Bob Traweek led a riderless horse honoring the 104 border agents who have died in the line of duty during a Memorial Observance at the U.S. Border Patrol Museum in Northeast El Paso Wednesday. Rudy Gutierrez/El Paso Times
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U.S. Border Patrol agent Lou Patch sang In Memory of Those during a Memorial Observance Wednesday at the U.S. Border Patrol Museum at 4315 Trans Mountain Road. The somber ceremony memorialized 104 border agents who have died in the line of duty. Rudy Gutierrez/El Paso Times
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A U.S. Border Patrol rifle squad fired three volleys in honor of 104 border agents who have died in the line of duty during a Memorial Observance Wednesday at the U.S. Border Patrol Museum in Northeast El Paso. Rudy Gutierrez/El Paso Times
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Two law enforcement helicopters flew over the U.S. Border Patrol Museum during the 2009 Memorial Observance Wednesday in Northeast El Paso. Rudy Gutierrez/El Paso Times
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U.S. Border Patrol agents David Jimarez, left, and Edmundo Rivera flanked a memorial wreath at the 2009 Memorial Observance for falled border agents Wednesday at the U.S, Border Patrol Museum. Rudy Gutierrez/El Paso Times
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