Respect. Honor. Remember.


Located on Judiciary Square, Washington, D.C.

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The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was dedicated in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush.

It honors all of America's federal, state and local law enforcers. Inscribed on the Memorial's blue-gray marble walls are the names of more than 17,500 officers who have been killed in the line of duty, dating back to the first known death in 1792.

daffodils at the Wall

Designed by Washington, DC architect Davis Buckley, the Memorial sits on three acres of federal park land called Judiciary Square. The site has served for over 200 years as the seat of our nation's judicial branch of government. A glance around the space finds plush carpets of grass, nearly 60,000 plants and 128 trees decorating the Memorial grounds. Each year, around the first of April, some 14,000 daffodils make the Memorial one of Washington's most spectacular attractions.

Bordering the Memorial's beautifully landscaped park are two tree-lined "pathways of remembrance" where the names of the fallen officers are engraved.

The names of the fallen officers are displayed in random order on the Memorial Wall. At an annual candlelight vigil held each year during National Police Week (in May) new names of fallen officers are added to the Memorial.

roses left at the Wall

roses and Lion

Each of the pathway entrances are adorned with a powerful statuary grouping of an adult lion protecting its cubs. The bronze statues were sculpted by Raymond Kaskey. They symbolize the protective role of our law officers and convey the strength, courage and valor that are the hallmarks of those who serve in law enforcement.

officers the the Memorial wall


NPW06 Wall

Memorial in Fall
An inscription on the Memorial's east wall explains the uplifting spirit that is felt by every visitor to the Memorial:
In Valor There Is Hope