Law Enforcement Memorial

The Memorial Pool
The Memorial Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed night was bussed in to D.C. to attend a ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Memorial.  I had not previously been to this memorial.  The memorial itself includes a pool and an open  columned structure surrounding a circular plaza (hopefully that will be clearer in the pictures).  Curving from the pool back to the circle are two walls with the names of fallen law enforcement officers from all over the country.  There are stone lions at all four corners of the memorial; the lions are watching over cubs.  It is a very nice memorial in and of itself; if you are in D.C., the Judiciary Square metro station is apparently right underneath, as the elevator actually comes up within the Memorial grounds.

Disc at the center of the circle
Disc at the center of the circle

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the walls
One of the walls

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we were bussed in, there was one bus for each section; ours was in the lead.  As we approached D.C., we were picked up by an escort of two motorcycle officers who escorted the busses to the memorial grounds.  We had a little time before the ceremony began for photographs.  Like the Vietnam Memorial, there are books at the Law Enforcement Memorial that index all of the names on the wall and direct you where to find them.  A number of us did pencil impressions of officers we had known. 

Motorcycle escort
Motorcycle escort

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arriving at the Memorial
Arriving at the Memorial

 

 

Rubbing the pencil impressions
Rubbing the pencil impressions

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ceremony was very moving.  The director of the National Academy spoke, the director of the foundation that built and maintains the LEO Memorial spoke, and there was a scripture reading, prayer, and speakers from within our class.  Following this, our class presented a wreath and then there was a roll call, in which students could read the name of a fallen officer from their department and the date of their last watch.   One fellow student had brought his bagpipes and joined the pipe and drum unit that played.  There were also two honor guards, one from D.C. Transit Police and one from the Park Police.

Honor Guards waiting to present the colors
Honor Guards waiting to present the colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of Section 1 (my section)
Some of Section 1 (my section)

Honor guard marching in
Honor guard marching in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see some of the columned structure here
You can see some of the columned structure here

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Francisco officer reading Roll Call for his agency.
San Francisco officer reading Roll Call for his agency.
Presenting the wreath.
Presenting the wreath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The officer in blue is with our class
The officer in blue is with our class

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am glad we had the opportunity to go.  It did make for a longer evening, we left at 5:15 and did not get back until after 9:00, so I did not get any swimming or homework done last night.  Since we have a speaker tonight, I don’t know if I will be able to do better tonight. 

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2 Responses to Law Enforcement Memorial

  1. rdlethbr says:

    What an amazing place! We would like to visit it some day. It must have been very impressive for you all. Thanks for sharing! Hope that you get a few extra minutes to study! Love, MOM

  2. tlethbridge says:

    Thanks Mom. I am planning to call you guys this weekend. Caught a snippet of news yesterday and saw we are already up to storm D but also saw it was heading away from Florida. I am hoping it stays that way!

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