Exhibit Spotlight: Hall of Remembrance

Exhibits of the National Law Enforcement Museum: Hall of Remembrance

In past issues of the National Law Enforcement Museum Insider, we shared brief overviews of the Museum’s permanent exhibits. Now, we examine some stories and artifacts each exhibit will highlight.

As described in a previous issue, the Hall of Remembrance will be a place to learn about, reflect on, and remember the nature of the risks and sacrifices that peace officers face and make.

One interesting story represented in this room is that of the Police Unity Tour, the group that sponsors this exhibit. The Police Unity Tour started in 1997 with 18 riders who rode their bicycles from Florham Park, New Jersey, to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, to honor and bring public awareness to America’s law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

The Police Unity Tour’s motto is simple yet inspiring, “We Ride For Those Who Died.” Their story will be highlighted in an artifact case containing a bicycle, a jersey, and a glowing blue column of Unity Tour bracelets. These bracelets were worn by Unity Tour riders and represent the ones riders often wear throughout their journeys. It has become tradition for some riders to dedicate their ride to one or more fallen officers each year, wearing a bracelet with the officers’ names. Once riders arrive at the Memorial, they give their bracelets to those fallen officers’ surviving family members.

This year, more than 1,400 officers from around the nation got on their bicycles and traveled 300 miles over several days and arrived at the Memorial on May 12. The Tour supports both the Memorial and the National Law Enforcement Museum, donating nearly $12 million to date.

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