They were both killed last year .. in the line of duty: TWO Northeast Florida law enforcement officers ... NOW they're being honored this week in Washington. It's part of National Police Week. The families of Clay County Detective David White and Columbia County Corrections Officer Ruben Thomas are preparing to go to the first big event tonight-- a candle light vigil at the law enforcement memorial. Channel 4's Erica Rakow joins us now live from the nation's capital. Erica? 3 3 3 GOOD EVENING.. WE ARE LIVE AT THE NATIONAL POLICE OFFICER MEMORIAL WALL.. WHERE DAVID WHITE AND RUBEN THOMAS' NAMES ARE NOW INSCRIBED.BOTH OF THEIR FAMILY'S ARE HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME.. TODAY THEY GOT SETTLED AND PREPARED FOR A VERY EMOTIONAL CEREMONY TONIGHT. 32-37FROM THEIR AIRPLANE'S ARRIVAL AT THE GATE..TO LUGGAGE PICK UP..AND ON TO THE HOTEL IN OUR NATION'S CAPITAL.. RUBEN THOMAS' FAMILY..LIKE THE 20,000 OTHER SURVIVORS HERE THIS WEEK.. WILL NEVER BE ALONE.PAULA THOMAS/FALLEN COLUMBIA CORRECTIONS OFFICER MOTHER 30:15 so far when we got here we were just greeted by officers from all over the united states basically and they escorted us from the airport to the hotel full motorcade of motorcycles.RUBEN THOMAS' FAMILY FLEW TO D-C THIS MORNING.. THEY'RE HERE TO EXPERIENCE THEIR FIRST NATIONAL POLICE WEEK WHERE FAMILY AND CO-WORKERS OF OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY GATHER TO HONOR THE FALLEN.. EVERY YEAR.. THOMAS WAS STABBED TO DEATH BY AN INMATE AT A PRISON IN LAKE CITY LAST YEAR.30:31 is it anything like you expected? No. and we were encouraged to come for healing and just to meet other people that's experienced the same thing we have but it is just unexplainable it's nice to see other people that know what we're talking about and know what we've been through they've also been through it THE THOMAS FAMILY IS JOINED IN D-C BY ANOTHER LOCAL FAMILY EXPERIENCING THE SAME PAIN.. CLAY COUNTY DETECTIVE DAVID WHITE'S LOVED ONES..HE WAS SHOT DURING A METH BUST LAST YEAR IN MIDDLEBURG.THIS AFTERNOON, WHITE AND THOMAS' WIDOWS..STOOD BY EACH OTHERS SIDES AT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT UNITED FLAG CEREMONY.. 500 BIKERS RODE FROM HOME TO D-C IN HONOR OF A FALLEN OFFICER. F-H-P TROOPER JOSE MEDINA GAVE WHITE'S WIFE AND 5-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER A FLAG THAT FLEW ON HIS BIKE DURING HIS RIDE FROM GREEN COVE SPRINGS TO D-C.. IT HAS DETECTIVE WHITE'S PICTURE ON IT.AS OFFICER THOMAS' MOM PUT IT.. THEY'RE ALL PART OF A CLUB NONE OF THEM WANT TO BE IN..BUT IT'S NOW A BOND THAT WILL NEVER BE BROKEN.. THEY'RE ALL LOOKING FOR SOME HELP WITH THE HEALING AS THEY'RE GATHERED HERE IN OUR NATIONS CAPITOL.31:15 it's been exciting we've met a lot of people so far and some of the people we met in Tallahassee we're starting to see some familiar faces. 3 Erica...? Four local law enforcement agencies will honor their fallen heroes tomorrow during 2 separate observances. The Nassau County Sheriff's Office will join the Highway Patrol and Fernandina Beach Police Department for one memorial at 10 o'clock in the morning. And the Saint Johns County Sheriff's Office will hold one at 9 AM. Channel 4 and news4jax will bring you full coverage of both.