Posted 4:44 p.m. MST
At a Border Patrol Memorial Wednesday, Neddy Clark remembers her husband who was a border patrol agent.
She says every day is a new chance to honor him and to be proud.
"Every day that goes by, I hold up my head and say, 'You know I will do it all, Sweetheart. I will honor you,” she said. “I will try to be the wife -- the mother -- that he would have wanted me to be." The entire Clark family remembers a father, and a husband.
Last year, Hector Clark and fellow Border Patrol Agent Eduardo Rojas were intercepting a group of suspected undocumented immigrants near Gila Bend, Ariz.
The two agents tragically lost their lives when a train smashed into their unmarked unit. "It's very heart breaking, said Clark. “We wish he was here, but I am very proud -- very honored that my husband gave the ultimate [sacrifice] to protect our country."
And that's what the border patrol memorial is about. A day to honor, to mourn, and to remember. Enrique Zarate of the U.S. Border Patrol empathizes with the families that lost their loved ones in the line of duty.
“I can't imagine the loss that the families go through, especially the youngs kids that we saw in today's ceremony,” said Zarate. "We do want … families to know, other members of law enforcement community to know, that we won't forget."
Every May 15, the entire country is invited to take a moment for Peace Officers Memorial Day as a tribute to those who died serving in law enforcement.
For the Clark family, it's a struggle everyday.
“There’s not a day that goes by that we don't break down -- that we don't think of him. It is all the little things that remind us of him."
Though she says it's been challenging to cope with the loss of her husband, her friends, and people of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection have helped her to get through the tough times.