The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC honors federal, state and local law enforcers for their dedication and sacrifice. The memorial features bronze sculptures depicting a series of adult lions protecting its cubs, symbolizing the protective role of law enforcement officers. Blue-gray marble walls are inscribed with the names of more than 18,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty (dating back to 1792).
Each May, during National Police Week new names of fallen officers are added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial walls. All newly engraved names are formally dedicated on the Memorial during the Annual Candlelight Vigil.
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Getting to the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Address: Judiciary Square, 400 block of E Street, NW Washington, DC. The closest Metro Station is Judiciary Square. Street parking is usually available at or near the Memorial. See a Map
The Memorial is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.
Memorial Visitors Center
The Visitors Center, located two blocks from the memorial at 400 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC, features artifacts, photos, interactive videos, and a special exhibit featuring memorabilia of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The Visitors Center gift shop offers a variety of special commemorative items and gifts. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
National Law Enforcement Museum
A 55,000-square foot underground facility will be built near the memorial that will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, collections, research and education. The museum has begun construction and is projected to open in 2018.
About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Established in 1984, the private non-profit organization is dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and is now working to create the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibitions, historical artifacts and extensive educational programming. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.
Attractions Near the Memorial
- National Building Museum - The museum examines America's architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning.
- International Spy Museum - The popular attraction showcases more than 200 gadgets, weapons, bugs, cameras, vehicles, and technologies used for espionage throughout the world.
- National Archives - The site is home to the United States Government's Charters of Freedom, the U. S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.
- Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center - The memorial is an outdoor public plaza and the Heritage Center serves as a place to learn about the history and heritage of the men and women of the sea services.