Up until April 2010, Delaware was the only state without a monument to honor its fallen officers. We had the great opportunity to be a part of that change with the development of the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial located on the Legislative Mall in Dover.
While the memorial project has been an idea for years, it finally came to fruition in 2009/2010 and is a great representation of all those that have laid down their lives serving the citizens of Delaware. The memorial is composed of a black granite wall as the backdrop, that in addition to the Great Seal of Delaware, is inscribed with the names of 36 Delaware law enforcement officers known to have died in the line of duty since 1863.
The centerpiece is one of our life-size bronze statues of an officer positioned in our “Call to Duty” pose andfaces the granite wall. This kneeling pose, which depicts a grief-stricken reflection, is perhaps one of our most popular choices by law enforcement agencies. We find that it’s a natural pose. A man will naturally kneel down, and if he’s holding a flag or his hat, he’ll put his other hand to his forehead. It shows a man who is capable and respectful.”
The bronze statue was welded together from over 30 separately molded pieces, and the officer’s uniform was outfitted with a generic Delaware law enforcement shoulder patch, so as to represent all officers in the First State.
Below is a video that shares the construction and dedication of the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial. You can also read the article written by the Dover Post for more details.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzmqkHC0YO0