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“Very moving and serene”

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Ranked #75 of 432 things to do in Washington DC
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Very moving and serene”
Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

I stumbled onto this memorial on my way to the Building Museum. It is lovely...tastefully and thoughtfully done. It is a nice area (shaded and sunny spots) for reflection and would be an excellent quick stop for a family, for education/appreciation and also for a rest/lunch break.

Visited September 2013
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“Had to pay my respect to a classmate”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

easy to get to, while at the memorial, an employee was cleaning and restocking the directory stand. Saul Martinez, RIP.

Visited August 2013
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“A must for all LEO”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

For anyone working law enforcement around the country or around the world even, this is a must see. The amount of names is incredibly humbling, and anyone, law enforcement or not, can really appreciate this memorial. When I went there was a guide that showed how much of the memorial is actually names from September 11th, and also had lead and paper for getting any names you may have come to see.

Visited September 2012
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Easton, Maryland
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“Wonderful Memorial”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

We just returned from a trip to Washington D.C. While there we visited the Law Enforcement Memorial. My father’s name is on the memorial wall and we try to go there when we can. It is quite an honor to those who gave their life in the line of duty. It is not close to the usual sites but not too far from the Crime Museum. While site seeing in Washington, D.C. I recommend visiting this memorial.

Visited July 2013
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“A Fitting Tribute the Law Enforcement”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

My visit to the National Law Enforcement Memorial made me remember just how fragile life is for Law Enforcement (and Fire) personnel. It doesn't matter what city, county, parish, or state they came from, they all died long before they should have. It's sad and I feel for their families. The store is filled with all kinds of nice tributes to the fallen.

Visited July 2013
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