EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The El Paso Sector Border Patrol honored agents who have fallen in the line of duty during an annual memorial service on Thursday morning, May 25 at the National U.S. Border Patrol Museum.

“Today’s memorial stands as a solemn tribute, honoring the unwavering dedication and ultimate sacrifice of our fallen Border Patrol agents.  The memories of our agents are forever etched in our hearts and are a constant reminder of their heroic service in safeguarding our nation’s borders,” said U.S. Border Patrol El Paso Sector Interim Deputy Chief Patrol Agent, Timothy Sullivan.

The ceremony honored the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the borders within the U.S.

U.S. Border Patrol says that since its inception on May 28, 1924, they have seen the passing of 153 agents in the line of duty. During the ceremony, all 153 names were read out loud followed by the ringing of a bell and a 21-gun salute.

A helicopter fly-over from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations, El Paso Air Branch, was then performed and was followed by the clicking hooves of a rider less horse saluted by all uniformed personnel.

The ceremony concluded with the retirement of the colors by the El Paso Sector’s Border Patrol Honor Guard. U.S. Border Patrol adds that the first station was established in El Paso.