556 line-of-duty fatalities, including 224 from 2022, to be honored as their names are added to the Law Enforcement Memorial on May 13, 2023.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Newsroom posted an article about 2023 Police Week, “The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) has formally announced that there are 556 names of U.S. law enforcement officers being added to the memorial this year who have died in the line of duty. The names will be engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and properly dedicated during the 35th Annual Candlelight Vigil held on the National Mall between 4th and 7th streets in Washington, DC, at 8:00 pm on May 13, 2023.”
The article continued, “The 2023 “Roll Call of Heroes” features the names of official Line-of-Duty Fallen Heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The names of 224 federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement officers who died in the line-of-duty in 2022 will be inscribed this year.” The article continued, “An additional 332 officers who died in previous years (before 2022), will also have their names inscribed this year. Their sacrifice is now being recognized after the Memorial Fund’s research staff confirmed the circumstances of their death and their record of law enforcement service.”
LEORF News previously published an article from the NLEOMF Newsroom, “NLEOMF: In Advance Of Honor”, in which the process by which officers’ names are researched and vetted is explained. In the article about this year, NLEOMF Newsroom shared, “The engraving process begins with a lengthy stencil and proofing procedure followed by meticulous engraving and curing processes. Once the engraving and curing process is finished, the covers are removed, and the panel is completed. The utmost care is taken not only in vetting and authenticating each name, but also to ensure that each is engraved on the memorial to the degree that the integrity is forever maintained. The engraving process is expected to be completed by the end of April.”