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Thousands of fallen officers, including Jason Ellis, honored in DC

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDRB) -- It's National Police Week and thousands of law enforcement officers have gathered in the nation's capital to honor those killed in the line of duty. Newly added to the memorial wall this year is Bardstown's own Jason Ellis, who was murdered in May 2013.

The 33rd annual National Peace Officer's Memorial Service started at 11 a.m. and ended around 1 p.m. on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

National Police Week draws 25,000 to 40,000 people each year. Officers come from departments throughout the United States and around the world.

Thousands of fallen police officers were honored at our nation's Capitol Thursday, including Bardstown's own Jason Ellis.

It has been almost a year since Officer Ellis was gunned down, and while police still don't know who's responsible, his name has a permanent resting place in Washington.

With the U.S. Capitol visible behind him, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke during the memorial service, acknowledging the bravery of the officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

During Thursday's ceremony, 112 fallen officers were honored, including Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis.

A Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held immediately following the Memorial Service at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

"This is very humbling for us," said Billy Richmond with the Lexington Police Department. "This is, as sad as it is, some of the greatest satisfaction I personally think that I get being a police officer."

Ten of Ellis' former colleagues and friends made the trip to DC just for officer Ellis.

Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin says seeing officer Ellis' name etched in stone is an honor -- but it's heartbreaking. "Now that one of my own officers is on the wall and our officers are here, it gives it a whole new meaning."

McCubbin has been taking part in National Police Week in Washington for 25 years.

"I know many years ago when I first came, I told myself when I was a young rookie cop in Louisville, I said I will never will miss that because it just shows solidarity and all these men and women -- over 20,000 are on this wall," McCubbin said.

While Ellis' family and friends will soon return home to Kentucky, they'll leave knowing there will always be a place to honor and remember him.

"This is the saddest fun you'll ever have, if that makes any sense," McCubbin said.

This annual National Peace Officers Memorial service has been held every year for 33 years on May 15th. The motto is never let them walk alone.

It's said their goal each year is to not have any names to read.

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