A Matter of Honor:
The Campaign to Support the National Law Enforcement Museum
The National Law
Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., honors the more than
17,500 officers who have been killed in the line of duty. But the story
of the entire community of over 800,000 federal, state and local law
enforcement officers has largely gone untold. While the National Law
Enforcement Officers Memorial honors the officers who have made the
ultimate sacrifice, the National Law Enforcement Museum will tell
the story of the brave men and women who put themselves in harm’s way
each day to serve and protect their fellow citizens.
In 2000, Congress authorized Public Law 106-492, allowing
the non-profit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to begin
raising private funds to build the National Law Enforcement Museum.
A Matter of Honor
is the $80 million capital campaign launched by the
NLEOMF to build the Museum. To date, over $23 million has been raised,
including more than $8 million from 22 law enforcement organizations.
The Museum will break ground in late 2007 and open in 2009 to an
estimated half-a-million visitors per year. It will be one of the
largest and most comprehensive law enforcement museums in the world.
The Museum’s World
Beat exhibition will focus on international law enforcement issues
and will prominently feature the heroic efforts of the 72
officers who died in the Twin Towers terrorist attacks on 9/11 --the
deadliest day in law enforcement history. As visitors experience
World Beat, they will discover that in order to keep Americans out
of harm’s way, modern policing must address global terrorism and start
beyond the borders of the United States.
The Twin Towers
Initiative, which honors the 72 police heroes killed September 11th,
is helping to raise funds for the Museum. One effort of the Twin Towers
Initiative centers on a unique, five-foot tall, stainless steel statue
of the World Trade Center Twin Towers that was donated by WMC, Inc.
This statue will be displayed at Twin Towers Initiative fund-raising
events and will ultimately
be displayed in an
appropriate location within the Museum.
The stories of the 72
officers who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11 will also be told in
the Museum’s Hall of Remembrance. These heroes and other fallen
officers from across the country will be honored in the Hall of
Remembrance through reverent tributes from family, friends, and
Architects –the firm that designed the Memorial—is also designing the
Museum, and the firm of Christopher Chadbourne & Associates is designing
the exhibitions. The 90,000 square foot, underground Museum will
include 25,000 square-feet of exhibition space featuring artifacts and
information that illustrate law enforcement’s essential role in
preserving American democracy. Visitors will have the chance to “walk
in an officer’s shoes,” learn how popular culture influences perceptions
of policing from the “reel-to-real” exhibition, and examine how law
enforcement history reflects American history, all through hands-on
activities, interactive technology, and educational exhibitions.
Donations to the Museum
support of America’s law enforcement officers is needed to help build
the National Law Enforcement Museum! When making your donation, please
indicate that it is in support of the Twin Towers Initiative.
Contributions will be tax deductible as allowed by law. Please
make your check out to: TTI / NLEOMF, 37331 Hidden Bay Dr, Selbyville,
Thank you for your
support and generosity.