SAN ANTONIO -- Family, friends and law enforcement gathered outside the San Antonio police training facility on Friday to honor the 51 officers killed in the line of duty since the 1950s.
Mayor Julian Castro declared Friday as Police Memorial Day in conjunction with National Law Enforcement Week.
"...And although the intense pain has dissipated somewhat... the Void never goes away," said Police Chief William McManus as he addressed the dozens of family members who have lost a loved one.
"This ceremony each year keeps our officers, the ones who have given their lives -- your husbands, your daughters, your spouses -- that's why we remember them," McManus said. "And we always, always will remember them. They will always be a part of the San Antonio Police Department."
Michael Mcinnis sees the memorial celebration as an opportunity to be with people who knows what he feels like.
Seventeen years ago, Michael lost a son - Michael Jr.
"In 1995, Michael was chasing a felony suspect, lost control of the car and was killed about one mile from my house," Mcinnis said. "After he died my wife and I put our lives on hold and took custody of his two boys and one of them is here today... and we are quite proud to raise our sons and his sons."