Today, the Capitol Hill community marked the 20th anniversary of the deaths of Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson, Capitol Police who bravely gave their lives defending the United States Capitol from an armed attacker in 1998. Speaker Ryan and Congressional Leaders gathered with the families of the fallen officers at the Memorial Door, where a plaque hangs in their memory.

In honoring their sacrifice, we express our gratitude for the service of all Capitol Police, as well as every man and woman who wears the badge in communities all across the United States.

Related: Read former Speaker Boehner's personal account of what happened that day.