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282 names to be added to D.C. memorial in honor of fallen officers

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund will hold a candlelight vigil to honor all officers killed in the line of duty in 2023, as well as officers who died in previous years that have now been verified

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“As we come together again this year to commemorate the lives of fallen officers, we recognize the profound sacrifice they made in service to their communities and country,” said William Alexander, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “Their memory remains a testament to valor and selflessness; two core tenets that a law enforcement officer abides by when being sworn in to service. This solemn ceremony encourages us to never forget their enduring legacy of service and sacrifice.”

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By Joanna Putman
Police1

WASHINGTON — The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund announced that 282 names of officers who died in the line of duty will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The engraving is set to take place on April 8, with a dedication ceremony at the 36th Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13, 2024, at the National Mall, according to the news release.

This year’s additions include 118 officers who died in 2023, marking a 49% decrease in line-of-duty deaths from the previous year, and 164 officers who died in previous years, now recognized after verification by the NLEOMF’s research team.

“As we come together again this year to commemorate the lives of fallen officers, we recognize the profound sacrifice they made in service to their communities and country,” said William Alexander, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “Their memory remains a testament to valor and selflessness; two core tenets that a law enforcement officer abides by when being sworn in to service. This solemn ceremony encourages us to never forget their enduring legacy of service and sacrifice.”

With the new names, the memorial will feature 24,067 officers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and various law enforcement agencies. The engraving process involves careful verification and engraving to maintain the memorial’s integrity.

For more information on the honored officers and National Police Week events, the NLEOMF’s website offers full details.

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