Leading actor and Oscar award-winning director and producer Clint Eastwood has agreed to serve as honorary chairman for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and Museum in Washington, DC.
“The National Memorial and Museum are long overdue and richly deserved tributes to the men and women in law enforcement,” declared Eastwood.
“On average, an officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in America every 53 hours. Some 60,000 officers a year are assaulted resulting in 16,000 injuries. Yet, despite those daunting risks, some 800,000 men and women go out every day to serve and protect us. I am deeply honored to help tell their heroic story of service and sacrifice,” he stated.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) built and dedicated America’s national monument to fallen peace officers in 1991, and is now constructing the National Law Enforcement Museum.
The National Memorial bears the names of 19,298 names of Federal, state and local officers who have been killed in the line of duty, dating back to the first death in 1791. Officer deaths have spiked the past two years, including 102 fatalities already in 2011.
“Clint Eastwood is an American icon, and we are extremely pleased and grateful that he has agreed to play a leadership role in helping us honor America’s law enforcement professionals and complete their National Museum,” said Memorial Fund chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd.
Authorized by Congress, the Museum will be built on Federal land right across the street from the National Memorial. Groundbreaking on the Museum occurred in October 2010 and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013.
As honorary chairman, Eastwood will help raise public awareness for the Memorial and Museum with an informative PSA campaign.