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During National Police Week and throughout the year, there is a long-standing tradition of leaving objects at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in remembrance of officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and whose names are inscribed on the walls of the Memorial. These poignant tributes honor our nation's fallen heroes and add beauty to the Memorial.


If you choose to leave items at the Memorial, please be aware of the following guidelines:

  • Use only blue paper tape when affixing an item to the Memorial walls. The marble surface of the Memorial, as well as your materials, can be easily damaged if other materials are used. Duct tape, electrical tape, masking tape, gum and bumper stickers should never be adhered to the walls of the Memorial. Blue paper tape can be purchased at most hardware stores. It is also available at the Memorial kiosk (open during the spring and summer months only) or the Visitors Center (400 7th Street, NW).

  • Do not leave burning candles at or on the Memorial.

  • The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund takes no responsibility for any object left at the Memorial. Because the site is not patrolled, items may disappear or be damaged by inclement weather. If you wish to retrieve an item left at the Memorial, please affix contact information and a date and time which you intend to retrieve the item.

  • All items left at the Memorial are deemed to be the property of the Memorial Fund. Staff may choose to save items and accession them into the National Law Enforcement Museum collection, or may respectfully dispose of the items.

  • If you wish to have your item considered for the Museum's collection, please mark the back or bottom of the item with the fallen officer's name and wall section number, and take care to keep it protected from the elements when leaving it at the Memorial. Appropriately sized plastic bags (with zippers) and lamination can be used to prevent water damage to objects and paper.

If you have questions about the proper handling of materials to be left at the Memorial, please contact Brian Lacey, Assistant Director of Memorial Programs at 202-737-7138, or email