Engravers started including 282 names of officers who died within the line of obligation to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall. They would be the final added to the unique downtown D.C. memorial.

Bill Alexander, CEO of The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and Anne Arundel County police Chief Amal Awad take a look at the names to be added on the memorial.
(WTOP/Luke Lukert)

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Engravers started including 282 names on Monday of officers who died within the line of obligation to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall.
(WTOP/Luke Lukert)

WTOP/Luke Lukert

engraver adds names to memorial
A employee engraves new names into the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall in downtown D.C.
(WTOP/Luke Lukert)

WTOP/Luke Lukert

Engravers started including 282 names on Monday of officers who died within the line of obligation to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall. They would be the final added to the unique partitions on the downtown D.C. memorial.

“Surrounding us proper now, on what we view are very sacred partitions, are 23,785 names, the names of the entire women and men throughout the broad stretch of U.S. historical past, the women and men in regulation enforcement who’ve died within the line of obligation,” stated Bill Alexander, CEO of The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, throughout a brief ceremony earlier than the engraving course of started.

The wall was inbuilt 1991 and the names being sandblasted into it Monday would be the final added to the unique memorial. At the time of its development, builders thought it will maintain sufficient names to final till 2100.

“It’s completely staggering to consider the continuing prices by way of preserving our democracy, attempting to stop chaos, attempting to stop crime on our streets to permit women and men to go about their lives and really feel secure,” Alexander instructed WTOP. “The price of that for our nation each single 12 months, sadly, is a whole lot of lives.”

Anne Arundel County Police Chief Amal Awad was available to look at the work start.

“I’ve brothers whose names are listed on this wall. This place means one thing to me. And I attempt to pay my respects to our fallen heroes as typically as I can,” she instructed WTOP.

“When you stroll by means of this memorial, you are feeling it, you are feeling the power, you are feeling the grief, you are feeling the loss, you are feeling the ache, the damage.”

The engraving of all 282 names might take weeks to finish.

Next month, as a part of police week, these 282 names might be learn out loud at a candlelight vigil on the National Mall.

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