The National Law Enforcement Memorial

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The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (NLEOM) is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) was established by former U.S Representative Mario Biaggi, a 23-year New York City police veteran who was wounded in the line of duty over 10 times before retiring in 1965. The mission of the NLEOM is to generate increased public support for the law enforcement profession by permanently recording and appropriately commemorating the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers; and to provide information that will help promote law enforcement safety. The legislation to authorize the Memorial was enacted in October 1984. Fifteen national law enforcement organizations were responsible for the passage of the legislation, along with designing the Memorial, finding the site to build the Memorial, and raising the funds to build the Memorial. Seven years after passage of the authorizing legislation, on October 15, 1991, the Memorial was officially dedicated. At the time of dedication, the names of over 12,000 fallen officers were engraved on the Memorial's walls. Currently, there are about 19,000 names on the Memorial. Each year, during National Police Week, on May 13, the NLEOMF hosts a Candlelight Vigil, attended by more than 20,000 officers and survivors to formally dedicate the names added to the Memorial walls that year. Here on our native soil, an average of one Law Enforcement Officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere every 53 hours. Designed by architect Davis Buckley, the Memorial sits on three acres of federal park land in an area of Washington, DC, called Judiciary Square, the historic seat of our nation’s judicial branch of government. The Memorial features two curving,...
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