National Law Enforcement Memorial
Dedicated in October 1991, the Law Enforcement Memorial honors the fallen officers who died in the line of duty. Located in Judiciary Square, the Law Enforcement Memorial is a lasting legacy to those who gave their lives in service to their country and communities.
More than 20,000 names of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers are engraved on two curved, 304-foot long marble walls winding through the tree-lined “pathways of remembrance.” Family and friends of the fallen place flower wreaths between the trees, take rubbings of the names, or simply come to visit to honor their legacy. Names date back to 1791 and newly fallen officers names are added every spring during National Police Week. A statue of an adult lioness protecting her cubs is situated along the pathway to illustrate poignantly the role of law enforcement in society. In the center of the monument lies a large bronze medallion showing the Memorial Fund logo, a blue shield draped with a red rose. The site is a peaceful and serene oasis containing approximately 60,000 plants, over 100 trees, lush green grass, and spring-blooming daffodils that speak to the renewal of life and beauty. Visitors are welcome to come and pay their respects, learn about those who have fallen, or simply take some quiet time away from the city bustle.
Since parking is limited, visitors are recommended to use the Metro. The memorial is open to the public 24 hours a day and guided tours are offered through the Memorial Fund.