President Trump lit up the White House in the blue to honor police officers in the line of duty for a second time Wednesday.
The special illumination was for the Peace Officers Memorial Day, an annual observance first appointed in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. The memorial day falls in the middle of the Police Week, which draws thousands of police officers from around the country to the capital. The inclusive series of events includes memorial services and candlelight vigils, a 5K race, a conference for the families of fallen officers, and a honor guard competition, among other events.
Trump earlier ordered the blue light for the police memorial day in 2017, a month after he marked the World Autism Awareness Day with the blue illumination of the White House.
President Barack Obama, who famously displayed a rainbow of lights across the White House to celebrate the Supreme Court decision who legalized gay marriage in 2015, turned down a request by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association to light the White House with blue lights in the following year to commemorate the Dallas shootings that targeted white police officers. Obama instead ordered flags to be flown half-staff.
Army reserve veteran Micah Xavier Johnson killed five officers in the incident, which left nine other officers and two civilians wounded, before being killed by a police robot.