Visiting the Memorial
Any time of the year, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is a beautiful – and historically significant – place to visit. The Memorial’s walls are filled with law enforcement heroes who, while not always household names, played important roles in U.S. history nonetheless. Officers such as:
Learn about these and other law enforcement heroes during your visit to the Memorial. The Memorial is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. There is no charge to visit the Memorial.
Finding Names on the Memorial
The names of the fallen officers are engraved on the Memorial walls each year in random order for the most part. To help visitors find the names of specific officers, directories are placed at each of the four entrance points. The directory lists names in alphabetical order and by state, federal and U.S. territory agencies. Each name is associated with a panel and line number. Panels on the west (W) and east (E) walls are numbered from 1 to 64 (the panel number is engraved at the bottom of each panel). Line 1 is at the top of each panel; count down to locate the line you are looking for. For example, Panel 20-W, Line 16 refers to the 16th line on the 20th panel of the west wall.
Visitors are encouraged to use the paper and pencils provided in the directory stands to do rubbings of fallen officers’ names. The Visitors Center & Store features a number of frames and holders for displaying rubbings done at the Memorial.
About the Lions
Each of the four pathway entrances to the Memorial walls is adorned with a powerful statuary grouping of an adult lion protecting its cubs. Sculpted by Raymond Kaskey, the statues symbolize the protective role of our law enforcement officers and convey the strength, courage and valor that are the hallmarks of those who serve. Each adult lion figure weighs approximately 2,500 pounds.
Two types of tours of the Memorial are available: