National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Established on October 15, 1991, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is a 304 ft long memorial wall dedicated to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. There are two tree-lined "pathways of remembrance" where the names of 21,183 fallen officers are engraved on the walls. Every year during National Police Week, they hold an annual candlelight vigil where new names of fallen officers are added to the memorial.
Backstory and Context
In addition to the two walls, at each of the pathway entrances, sits a lion stature. According to the official website, these bronze statues, sculpted by Raymond Kaskey, "symbolize the protective role of law enforcement officers and convey the strength, courage and valor that are hallmarks of those who serve and protect." Underneath each lion is a quote, "It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived." Vivian Eney Cross, Survior, "In valor there is hope." Tacitus, "The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion." Proverbs 28:1, "Carved on these walls is the story of America, of a continuing quest to preserve both democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream." President George H.W. Bush.
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Wikipedia. February 13, 2018. Accessed February 20, 2018. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Law_Enforcement_Officers_Memorial.
THE MEMORIAL. National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Accessed February 20, 2018. www.nleomf.org/memorial/.