May 6, 2009
More than 500 people attended a dedication ceremony for the San Diego County Regional Law Enforcement Memorial on the southwest lawn of the County Administration Center in downtown San Diego.
The special memorial was built to honor the brave men and women of law enforcement who have died in the line of duty, and includes the name of every fallen police officer, Sheriff's deputy and state and federal law enforcement officer in the San Diego region.
Ceremony Multimedia Video (wmv) Slideshow
Resting upon a carnelian granite base, the memorial is a six-inch layered glass wall that stands nearly five feet tall and 15 feet long. A walkway from Harbor Drive leads across the lawn of the County Administration Center to the wall, into which the names of the fallen are sandblasted. Following the dedication ceremony, family members of fallen law enforcement officers were able to rub the etched names of their loved ones onto slips of paper, taking an imprint of the memorial.
Seven select words of meaning are embedded in the glass panels alongside the officers' names: Integrity, Honor, Courage, Sacrifice, Duty, Commitment. and Loyalty.
The memorial is internally lit with a soft white glow from dusk till dawn, illuminating the names of those honored. The lighting will turn to blue for a period of mourning whenever a line of duty death occurs in the region, and also during the annual memorial ceremony in May.
The memorial is a project of the County of San Diego, the San Diego County Deputy Sheriff's Association, the San Diego County Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation and many private donors.
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