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Protect and Serve - National Law Enforcement Memorial
  Written by: Journalist Donna Lyons - National Military Examiner

Valor ~
Strength of mind in regard to danger; that quality which enables a man to encounter danger with firmness; personal bravery; courage; prowess; intrepidity.

Our nation's Law Enforcement Officers from around the country, who died in the line of duty, are honored for their dedication and sacrifice at the National Law Enforcement Memorial at Judiciary Square in Washington DC. The memorial's marble walls contain the names of more than 19,000 officers killed in the line of duty, with the first casualty dating back to 1792. The memorial sits on three acres of federal park land. Bronze sculptures of Lions protecting their cubs stand majestically at the memorial symbolizing the protective role of law enforcement officers.

In May, during the celebration of the National Police Week, new names of fallen officers are added to the memorial's marble wall. Officers come from all over the United States to participate in National Police Week. Here on our native soil, an average of one Law Enforcement Officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere every 53 hours. Since the first known death in 1792, nearly 19,000 U.S. law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

There are many officers who have gone beyond the call of their domestic security duty and have volunteered to serve in our National Guard and Reserve Armed Forces. These law enforcement officers serve or have served in our persistent conflict against the Global War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, helping to bring freedom to our nation; many have been killed or wounded in action. In addition, several active and retired Law Enforcement Officers also serve as civilian police advisors to our Armed Forces formations in coaching, teaching and training security forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This significant and poignant Memorial preserves and honors those Officers' memories within its walls. All who visit will be deeply moved by the selfless courage, heroism, and sacrifice exhibited by these officers who gave of their lives while serving and protecting the citizens of this great nation.

A number of commemorative ceremonies are held at the Memorial each year, and the site is visited by nearly a quarter million people annually. The Memorial is open 24/7; 365 days a year, and there is no charge to visit. Group tours are available upon request, and there is a free cell phone audio tour available by calling 202-747-3461. Information and tours are available at the adjacent visitor's center, which includes a gift shop.

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Washington, DC 20004-2025
Phone: 202-737-3400

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