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National Law Enforcement Memorial- Art work and history

Posted by John Kiernan | February 5, 2014
Prepared for Duty

Prepared for Duty

 

Painting the Blues on canvas

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The National Law Enforcement Memorial and what it means to me. JOHN KIERNAN
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is centered in the 400 block of E Street, NW, Washington, DC and is the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people.

The Memorial features two curving, 304-foot-long blue-gray marble walls. Carved on these walls are the names of more than 19,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty throughout U.S. history, dating back to the first known death in 1791. Unlike many other memorials in Washington, DC, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is ever-changing: new names of fallen officers are added to the monument each spring, in conjunction with National Police Week.

Bordering the Memorial’s beautifully landscaped park are the two tree-lined “pathways of remembrance” where the names of the fallen officers are engraved. Each of the pathway entrances is adorned with a powerful statuary grouping of an adult lion protecting its cubs. Sculpted by Raymond Kaskey, the bronze statues symbolize the protective role of law enforcement officers and convey the strength, courage and valor that are hallmarks of those who serve and protect.

I started My career in Law Enforcement in 1987 in NY and relocated in 1989 to my chosen career with Fairfax County VA. I have attended the events held during Police Week since the start in 1991. After my career in Law Enforcement I decided to continue my art in a full time capacity.
I decided early on to donate 1/2 of my proceeds to the NLEOMF and to this date have raised thousands for the memorial. I plan to continue to paint to keep the cause going!
Next image will be k-9!

 

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