Sunday, March 7, 2010

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. is another memorial that doesn't get much foot traffic (despite the fact that there's a metro (subway) stop located there).  It's really a shame because despite its rather simple look (at least compared to something like the Lincoln Memorial), it is one of the most profound memorials I have ever visited.

The memorial contains the names of over 19,000 law enforcement officers that have died in the line of duty and, every year, more names are added.

I found myself especially moved by this memorial as I was editing the pictures in prep for this post.
The first picture shown has many names that are readable, so I looked them up.  It was heartbreaking to read these officers' stories.  It's one thing to see a name on a wall and quite another to read the personal account of that person.

(Notice the black crow on the right side of this picture?  Kind of haunting.)

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