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What the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Means to Me

Gina Jackson, Federal Employee

I visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for the first time in November 2002. I was in Washington, DC, for business, and since my brother, Brian, had recently completed the police academy and had become a police officer, I decided to stop by the Memorial out of respect for his fellow officers who had lost their lives in the line of duty. Little did I know that four short years later, my family and I would again be at the Memorial--but this time we would be attending a ceremony in which my little brother's name would be read aloud as one of the most recent fallen officers being memorialized on the wall.

My brother, Brian Jackson, was 28 years old and had been a Dallas police officer for five years. On November 13, 2005, while answering a domestic violence call, he was shot and killed. A day that has changed my life forever ....

Law enforcement officers across the country put their lives on the line every day when they go to work to protect the citizens of their communities. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is a wonderful tribute to all of these men and women. It is a beautiful and peaceful place that people can go to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and to thank those who serve today. My brother loved being a police officer, and this Memorial serves as an eternal tribute to him and to all of the officers who have given their lives to keep us safe.

Gina Jackson
Sister of Dallas (TX) Police Officer Brian Jackson
End of Watch: November 13, 2005