Exhibits of the National Law Enforcement Museum: The Hall of Remembrance
An important message informing the exhibits of the National Law Enforcement Museum is that law enforcement is a brotherhood of shared experiences, values, and dangers. Virtually every exhibit in the Museum explicitly or implicitly speaks to the bonds formed by members of that community as officers serve to protect civil society. The most powerfully expressed representation of this concept is found in the Hall of Remembrance.
Each year, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial honors the fallen from the law enforcement community with National Police Week. This weeklong commemoration culminates in the addition of the names of the fallen to the Memorial wall and a Candlelight Vigil to remember and reflect. The Hall of Remembrance echoes this evocative experience by providing a serene and quiet space in which to contemplate the sacrifices of these men and women.
As the visitor enters the Hall, a wall with images of the fallen gives a human face to loss. The photographs will change from year to year, with images of the newly fallen replacing earlier images. (Visitors may choose to learn more about an officer through interactive kiosks that will profile each officer in the Hall of Remembrance—those officers whose names are inscribed on the Memorial.) One exhibit in the Hall will showcase objects of tribute brought to the Memorial wall during Police Week by family and friends of fallen officers. These objects, often poignant, are part of the Memorial Collection of the Museum, a special collection of items created by friends and survivors of fallen officers in their honor. Another exhibit will tell the remarkable story of the annual Police Unity Tour, in which hundreds of officers bicycle several hundred miles to the Memorial during Police Week in honor of their fallen colleagues.
The Hall of Remembrance is a place to learn about, reflect on, and remember the nature of the risks and sacrifices that officers of the law face and make.
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