DALLAS (KXAN) — As the city of Dallas continues to mourn the five police officers killed in last week’s attack, an interfaith memorial service held on Tuesday afternoon will try to help the city heal.
President Barack Obama will speak at the service as well as several other dignitaries. Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush will also attend the ceremony at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Bush will meet with the fallen officers’ families. Vice President Joe Biden will also be in attendance, along with the U.S. Senator from Texas John Cornyn.
“President Bush and President Obama together shows a real sign of unity, and I believe that if they set the right tone, that will cascade in a really positive fashion,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
It has been a week of heightened awareness and for some a lost sense of security. Dallas Police Chief David Brown addressed the media on Monday telling them they are tired, but relying on strength from the community.
During the press conference, KXAN asked Chief Brown how they would handle security for President Obama’s arrival. He says the Arlington Police Department has volunteered to take care of security and said that with everything that Dallas police have gone through he wasn’t really sure if they could handle it if something were to happen.
This will be the fourth time Obama has come to Texas to speak in the wake of tragedy. He came to Fort Hood in 2009 after a gunman killed 13 people. Obama eulogized all 13 victims and met with their families.