Memorial Held for Slain Officers

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President and Mrs. Obama, Vice-President and Mrs. Biden, and President  and Mrs. George W. Bush attended an interfaith memorial at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center to honor the five Dallas and DART officers killed in the line of duty July 7.

  • Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens. 48 years old. A 14 year veteran in Dallas.Michael Smith. 55 years old. A father of two. According to his family, he was an Army Ranger who joined the Dallas Police all the way back in 1989.
  • Michael Krol. 40 years old. A Michigan native who moved to Dallas in 2007 to join DPD.
  • Michael Smith. 55 years old. A father of two. According to his family, he was an Army Ranger who joined the Dallas Police all the way back in 1989.
  • Brent Thompson. 43 years old.
  • Patrick Zamarripa. 32 years old. An Iraq War veteran and father of two. Zamarripa was an avid sports fan, as evidenced by his Twitter account which is loaded with pictures of him proudly sporting Rangers and Cowboys gear.

There were five empty chairs, with five badges, and five police hats all to pay tribute to the heroes.

Prayers and hymns filled the room to celebrate the lives of the remarkable men, who gave their lives trying to protect people they had never met.

"From the moment you put on that uniform, you answer a call that at any moment in the deepest interaction could put your life in harm`s way," he addressed the crowd.

Air Force One landed in Dallas shortly after noon, and the president's motorcade headed downtown where he would deliver a eulogy on behalf of the officers gunned down last week.

Check out more moments from the memorial below: