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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

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Address: 400 E St Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20003
Phone Number: 12027374300
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is centered in the 400 block...

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is centered in the 400 block of E Street, NW, and is the nation's monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on October 15, 1991, 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 Memorial features two curving, 304-foot-long blue-gray marble walls. Carved on these walls are the names of more than 20,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty throughout U.S. history, dating back to the first known death in 1791. Unlike many other memorials in Washington, DC, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is ever-changing: new names of fallen officers are added to the monument each spring, in conjunction with National Police Week in May. The National Law Enforcement Museum will be built across the street, with construction scheduled to commence this spring. In the meantime, we offer a guided 90-minute walking tour in the heart of DC, learning about presidential assassinations, attempted assassinations, and the officers who work behind the scenes protecting our president. For more information, email us at the address provided.

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Great Memorial and Worth the Visit

This memorial represents so much more and the context is the epitome of humanity. Every name etched on this wall has given so much more than you and I to include sacrificing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This memorial represents so much more and the context is the epitome of humanity. Every name etched on this wall has given so much more than you and I to include sacrificing their life for you and me. Every officer, man and woman alike, missed many personal and family birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and so much more and will continue to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sadly, more names every year but a fitting memorial to the officers who sacrificed everything for their communities.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The plaza is where the lions are, names engraved, and the eternal blue laser light. I have enjoyed going here during National Law Enforcement Week, where they carve new names in beforehand and then read the names, candlelight vigil. It's pretty sombering and something I enjoy doing to pay respect to fallen officers and their families. The memorial park area... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Our metro stop came out here. It was night and there were lovely lion statutes lit up with wreaths. We saw the names on the walls but did not see anything that identified what we were looking at... remember it was dark. Once we identified it . It was very moving to see all those names of law enforcement officers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

I went to the momorial to pay my respects to a very close friend of mine who was killed in the line of duty. The place was very nice and it was easy to find his name. They provided pencils and paper to make a rubbing. It was a very emotional exo for both me and my mom.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

It was nice to be able to pay our respects to the men and women who gave their lives for us. The sheer number of officers is overwhelming. It is a nice memorial. Definitely a must visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

I found this memorial to be very moving especially during the candle light vigil during the opening ceremony. Later on we got to "stand for the fallen" which was quite the honor. This was the 1st time we attended the memorial week and it won't be the last.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Sad to see all the thousands of names of law enforcement persons who have been killed in the line of duty in USA. I calculated about 21,000 from the number of names on each page and how many pages in catalogs at each end of Judiciary Square. But nice to see how each name is deeply engraved along the wide... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Pretty place for a quick visit. Something easy to walk through on the way to somewhere else, so stroll through it if you can.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

I remembered passing this Memorial several times when I was working at one of the branches of my employer and when visiting the National Building Museum. Why had I not noticed it? Perhaps because there was no adequate signage regarding this Memorial. I thought it was just a small, regular park and not a Memorial. Today it has two signs... More 

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