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PORTLAND -- Portland police joined law enforcement agencies around the country this week in honoring fallen officers.

Gov. John Kitzhaber ordered all flags at state government facilities flown at half-staff on Thursday in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Week.

Here is an excerpt from a proclamation issued by President Barack Obama.

Just as police officers never let down their guard, we must never let slide our gratitude. We should extend our thanks not only in times of tragedy, but for every tragedy averted -- every accident avoided because a patrol officer took a drunk driver off the streets, every child made safer because a criminal was brought to justice, every life saved because police officers raced to the scene. In other words, we must show our gratitude every day.

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