AURORA, Ill. — A memorial service will be held here at Aurora Police Department in less than an hour in tribute to the victims of last week’s attack on Dallas police.
But earlier today in Dallas an official interfaith memorial was led by President Obama, who touched on the issues of the day of police and racial tensions but insisting we will emerge better and stronger as a country.
The service was also a show of political unity: Democrats from across the country led by the president and first lady, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden, and Republicans, chief among them former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush.
For his part, the president acknowledged the police shootings of African-American men in Louisiana and Minnesota, which was the catalyst for Thursday night's vigil in Dallas, and the challenges that we as a country are facing today but that the things we have in common will always be greater than the things that separate us.
Throughout his speech the president quoted scripture and that faith no matter which will always heal. He and the first lady met with the families of the slain officers in private.