National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall to Accommodate Fallen Heroes for Next 35 Years
When the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was built in 1991, it was the first of its kind. Each year, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund records law enforcement throughout the country who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, and also investigates historical line-of-duty deaths and honors those fallen posthumously. Year after year, more names are engraved, which now total 22,217 in 2020. Unfortunately, the Memorial walls may sadly run out of space within five to six years.
Plans for an expansion launched in early April of 2020 to add space to the wall vertically by adding 15 inches to the height of the current Walls of Remembrance (see images). The endeavor is being spearheaded by the original architect, Davis Buckley, and stone is being sought from the same original quarry to provide a seamless match to the existing structure.
The expansion will add 15-25 sections to the Memorial. The resulting structure should suit the needs of the law enforcement community and its citizens for another 35-37 years and take between 28 and 36 months to complete.
While expanding vertically, proper irrigation and endurance through all weather conditions will also be addressed to ensure that the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial continues to serve as the lasting tribute that it was intended to be.
“We are committed to honoring our fallen heroes, and we are determined to continue to do so in the noble manner we have all come to appreciate – by an inscription on this inspiring Memorial,” shares Patrick Montuore, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Executive Director. “We will do whatever we must to ensure every fallen hero knows this country is committed to respect, honor and remember each one.”