A Memorial To America's Finest

The next time you visit our nation's capitol, save some time to see one of its most inspiring memorials.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which honors all of America's federal, state and local law enforcers, can be found on three acres of federal park land called Judiciary Square. 1996 marks the fifth anniversary of the Memorial's dedication. Nearly 60,000 plants and 128 trees decorate the memorial grounds and each spring thousands of daffodils make the Memorial one of Washington's most spectacular attractions.

Bordering the Memorial's beautifully landscaped park are two "pathways of remembrance" where the names of fallen officers are engraved. Each of the pathway entrances is adorned with a powerful bronze statuary grouping of an adult lion protecting its cubs to symbolize the protective role of our law officers and to convey the strength, courage and valor known to those who served and died.

On average, one law enforcement officer is killed somewhere in America nearly every other day. More than 65,000 officers are assaulted each year and about 23,000 are injured.

As a richly deserved tribute to their extraordinary service and sacrifice, the names of fallen officers are engraved on the Memorial's walls. At an annual candlelight vigil each May to coincide with National Police Week, new names of fallen officers are added to the Memorial.

Each addition underlines the Memorial's message that "It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived."

Although the memorial designates two official days for formal observance, the public may visit this outdoor monument 24 hours a day. Moreover, there are 30 impressive exhibits at the indoor visitors center (open varying hours seven days a week), which explain the history of the Memorial and the law enforcement heroes it honors. For more information and to arrange group tours, call 202-737-3400 or fax 202-737-3405 or write to the NLEOMF at 605 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004.(NAPSI)

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