The dedication of the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial will be held in Richmond on Saturday. The memorial will include the names of 870 Virginians who have died in public safety service.
The design centers on a granite wall that bears the engraved name of every Virginia first responder who has died in the line of duty. It is surrounded by a large water feature and landscaping that connects the site to its surroundings.
The last name to be added to the memorial wall is fallen Norfolk Police Officer Brian W. Jones.
The memorial is located in Richmond’s Capitol Square. It’s the first addition to Capitol Square since the completion of the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial in 2008.
The memorial took five months to complete and aligns Virginia with 45 states that have built monuments to their public safety officers.