National Law Enforcement Museum to Host Program with Boston Marathon Bombing Heroes

The Museum’s in-person event brings film’s real-life law enforcement heroes to Washington, D.C. for special reception and panel discussion on April 26

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 5, 2022) – The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund presents, Patriots Day: Cinematic Reflections on a Post-9/11 World, a special event being held at the National Law Enforcement Museum to commemorate the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. The reception and program will bring the 2016 film Patriots Day to life, as the three individuals who had major roles in response to the bombing will participate in a discussion on how a major event, such as the one they experienced in Boston, was influenced by the 9/11 attacks, particularly for law enforcement.

Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Retired Watertown Police Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese, and Former FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers will be part of a “meet and greet” at 6 p.m. as the film’s real-life law enforcement heroes will engage in a discussion with participants to learn about the experience of how their actions translated to what was seen on screen from the characters and how their collaboration led to the swift apprehension of the perpetrators of the 2013 bombing.

Following the reception at 7 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to take part in the panel discussion to hear from the three men about their reflections of that day, how the 9/11 attacks prepared them individually for this situation and the valuable lessons that were learned from that horrific event that helps inform law enforcement of threats today. A Q&A session will follow the discussion.

“We are honored to have the three gentlemen take part in this fascinating discussion at the museum to give those in attendance the opportunity to understand how law enforcement came together after the Boston Marathon bombing to further prevent harm, keep the public informed and find the perpetrators of this horrific event,” said Marcia Ferranto, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “Their actions saved more lives in the days after the bombing and we thank them for their service and bravery in working to keep the communities that were affected by this tragedy, safe and calm.”

The National Law Enforcement Museum will be screening the film Patriots Day at 11 a.m. Eastern Time on both Friday April 15th, and Saturday April 16th with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Ticket holders for the event on April 26th will receive free entry to the museum for one of the screening days. Patriots Day can also be streamed on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Google Play, Microsoft Store, Redbox, and Vudu.

The registration fee for the special event on April 26 is $20 and includes light reception and the full program. Individuals interested in this in-person discussion can register here: Patriots Day | National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum (

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About the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum
Established in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the fallen, telling the story of American law enforcement, and making it safer for those who serve. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., which honors the names of all of the 23,229 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building is committed to preserving the history of American law enforcement and sharing the experiences of service and sacrifice for generations to come.

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