It’s National Police Week in Washington, D.C. and the Order Sons of Italy salutes the men and women who risk their lives daily to ensure our safety.
In 1990, OSIA and SIF contributed $25,000 dollars to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) to help build the memorial in Judiciary Square, Washington, D.C. The memorial “is the nation’s monument to law officers who have died in the line of duty,” according to the NLEOMF website.
The blue-gray marbled memorial has two curving 340-foot-long walls, along with a bronze medallion of the memorial’s logo. Two “pathways of remembrance” marked by bronze lion statues at each entrance, travel alongside the walls. To read more about the memorial click here.
Dedicated in October of 1991, it lists the names of over 19,000 officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. During this week each year, new names are added to the monument.
“I want to express the Memorial Fund’s deepest appreciation to the Order Sons of Italy in America and the Sons of Italy Foundation for the very generous gift,” said Craig Floyd, director of NLEOMF at the time of OSIA’s donation in 1991.
President John F. Kennedy enacted the week into law in 1961 to coincide with National Police Officers Day on May 15.
The memorial is free and open to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Click here to see a 360 degree view of the memorial from 360 cities or plan a visit to the memorial and see it for youself!
Written by OSIA National Office Intern, Carol Cummings. Cummings is a senior at American University, majoring in print journalism, with a minor in Italian.