Since the 1991 opening of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Coloradans Kirk Bockman and Jim Lee , of Great Panes Glass, Inc, have traveled to Washington DC, in April of each year, to engrave the names of the fallen law enforcement officers that will then be honored at the annual National Police Week event which takes place at the Memorial in May, of each year.
In commemoration of National Police Week 2008, and as family members and fellow officers looked on, it was during the 29 April 2008 Annual Engraving Day Ceremony that Bockman and Lee began to engrave the names of 358 fallen law enforcement officers (by name - pdf) on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in preparation for the National Police Week 2008.
The 358 names (by state - pdf) being added to the Memorial, in 2008, include 181 officer deaths from 2007 and 177 from previous years. Dedication takes place at the Memorial during the 20th Annual Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday evening, 13 May 2008.
Having first captured Kirk Bockman and Jim Lee in April 2006 I made a point to stop in at the Memorial, before my Saturday, 3 May 2008 NoMa Corridor Walk, to get a few photos and video footage of the 2008 engraving process.
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