Located in a lushly landscaped three-acre federal park at Judiciary Square (400 block of E Street between 4th & 5th Streets NW), the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is free and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Dedicated in 1991, the memorial honors U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty since 1791. More than 20,000 names are engraved on two curving marble walls along tree-lined “pathways of remembrance.” Unfortunately, more names are added every spring.
At the entrances to the pathways are symbolic sculptures of a lion protecting its cubs. Beneath each sculpture is a quote, such as this one by President George H.W. Bush:
“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.”
Pick up free walking tour brochures, maps and children’s activity packets at the Visitors Center and Store, located a few blocks away at the corner of 7th and D Streets NW (open 9-5 Monday-Friday; 10-5 Saturday and noon-5 Sunday). The center contains interactive video displays and exhibits with facts and figures about the wall and the people it honors. Within the Visitors Center is a gift shop with a variety of memorabilia and law enforcement items. Guided tours may be arranged by appointment in the center.
For more information about the memorial, museum and special events, visit www.nleomf.org