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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

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Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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Address: 400 E St Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20003
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+1 202-737-4300
00:00 - 23:45
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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Why not a register of deaths?

This tasteful memorial portrays the job of law enforcement officers as akin to that of lionesses looking after their cubs - hence the paired statues that flank the name-bearing... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2017
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On top of Judiciary Metro station on the red line and across from the Building Museum. I would not recommend this site to a tourist visiting Washington D.C.as it is another monument among the many. However, if in the neighborhood this is a nice monument to walk through. Otherwise, this is really a place for those who lost who known... More 

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Reviewed 10 March 2017

This tasteful memorial portrays the job of law enforcement officers as akin to that of lionesses looking after their cubs - hence the paired statues that flank the name-bearing stone slabs. If the designers wanted to go a step further they might emulate other memorials that include searchable registers of the dead, such as the one at the Border Patrol... More 

Thank Taughboyne
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

JMJ Finally took some time to see this Memorial. It is beautifully laid out and very peaceful. Not sure what the lion and cubs statues symbolize and if the answer was there, I missed it. (They are great lions!) Currently a Museum for Law Enforcement Officers is being built and I look forward to seeing that when it is completed.

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Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

They did an amazing job with this memorial and I look forward to the museum opening. It is so solemn to see all the names of the officers that paid the ultimate price for keeping us safe.

Thank Ajenm A
Blue Ridge, Georgia
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Reviewed 16 December 2016

This is comprised of two semicircle halves with each being a approximately 4 feet high. On each wall were the names of law enforcement persons who have died in the line of duty. There is a book where one can look up the panel and line of the person they are looking for. There was a sign advertising a museum... More 

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Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

As the family of a retired police officer, it was rather disappointing. It's a nice thought but it has been built on top of a subway station with the elevators right in the middle.

Thank Rene' S
Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Passed by before but never really took the time to soak in the meaning of the memorial. Happen to walk by it again from a walk from Union Station to White House area but this time stopped and reflected the purpose of memorial in today's environment which has special meaning. The Fall Colors and the National Museum Building provides light... More 

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Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Today is the 4th anniversary of the senseless murder of not only a comrade but also a family friend, Deputy Scott Ward. Our family came to pay our respects to not only Scott but to all our fallen heroes at the National Law Enforcement Memorial. Too many names...

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Clermont, Florida
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Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

After viewing the drawings & mockups in the National Building Museum it was nice to reflect on the completion of a sculpture. The memorial is moving and striking.

Thank rogersober
Waynesville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This is a moving memorial to those who have perished defending us domestically. As an LEO family we have lost several friends in the last few years. We were very moved to be able to find their names on the wall. While we were there, the policy unity tour was there to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the memorial. It... More 

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