TITUSVILLE (September 23, 2020) — The United States Law Enforcement Eternal Flame, which will stand 10 stories tall, will be built in Titusville FL. The exact site is located on a 5 acre parcel adjacent to the Police Hall of Fame. The monument will be built by Rush Construction on behalf of the Police Hall of Fame.
For more info please go to Leflame.org or to Aphf.org. Individual donations are greatly appreciated and sponsorships are available. Show your support for law enforcement and purchase a brick on the Walk of Heroes walkway leading from the Hall of Fame to the Eternal Flame.
TITUSVILLE (May 13, 2019) — The American Police Hall of Fame in Titusville, FL is announcing today, on Peace Officer's Memorial Day, a significant new law enforcement tribute. The United States Law Enforcement Eternal Flame will be a ten-story tall infinity symbol burning an adjustable flame of up to twenty feet tall that blazes from a blue 'memory rose' petal. The flame will burn twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This tribute monument has been hailed as the single most significant monument to law enforcement since President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago signed into law a proclamation naming May 15 as National Peace Officer's Memorial Day.
Rush Construction, a premier Space Coast contractor, is in charge of the overall project, with the architectural and engineering services provided by Eleven 18 Architecture and Honeycutt & Associates. The selection for the contractor tasked to build the Eternal Flame tribute has been narrowed down to two major contractors out of Orlando, both of whom do special projects for the Disney parks.
Barry Shepherd, CEO at the American Police Hall of Fame said, "The sheer size and significance of this beautiful work of art will definitely make a statement, and will represent all law enforcement: past, present, and future. It has been on the drawing board for a couple of years but has been a company vision for a long time. We have already made a commitment to this project by purchasing five acres of vacant land directly adjacent to the Hall of Fame facility and we plan on breaking ground in January of next year, 2020. We plan on holding our dedication ceremony in October of 2020, which is also the 60th anniversary of the Hall of Fame."
The United States Law Enforcement Eternal Flame is the first of several projects planned by the Hall of Fame over the next three years. A few of the projects include a heliport, pavilions, mini golf course and a 30,000 square foot expansion of the existing facility. The expansion will house a dynamic new educational area, already under development, focusing on forensics and STEM education.
"Not only will the Flame be a lasting tribute to our men and women in blue, but it will draw attention to our many other programs currently serving law enforcement nationwide," Shepherd explained. "We will also give law enforcement supporters across America the chance to make their own personal statement of gratitude through a stunning commemorative brick pathway leading up to the flame. The Walk of Heroes will personalize and breathe life into the flame for all who visit and all who passionately support those who serve."
For more information on the United States Law Enforcement Eternal Flame please go to www.leflame.org and for more information on the American Police Hall of Fame please go to www.APHF.org.
The American Police Hall of Fame has been a fixture on the Space Coast since 2003 and had previously been located in south Florida since 1960.
October 20, 2020
Ground Broken for Eternal Flame, Walk of HeroesTITUSVILLE – On the heels of financial commitments from the Brevard County Commissioners and two national law enforcement organizations, as well as support from numerous businesses, individuals and television's John Walsh, the American Police Hall of Fame put shovels to dirt Oct. 16 in preparation for "phase one."
"We began developing plans for this monument five years ago," Executive Director Barry Shepherd told the assembled celebrants. "And we are so proud and thrilled to finally be breaking ground on it. It's even more significant that we are doing so the day after celebrating our 60th anniversary. We are starting the next 60 years with great momentum and purpose."
The Flame will pay tribute to law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty as well as to those who patrol the streets of America daily. The Walk of Heroes offers an opportunity for individuals, clubs, businesses etc. to purchase either a 4x8 or an 8x8 brick.
"There is still time to purchase a brick for the first installation. This can be done on a secure site that you can access by going to www.USWalkofHeroes.org or you can download a form and mail in your order," explained Tara Dixon Engel, President of the Hall of Fame. "We have already begun clearing ground and, with the groundbreaking finished, we will be grading the land and prepping for paver installation. It is an exciting time around here. After the craziness and delays of 2020, we are ready to hit the ground running in 2021."
During the Friday ceremony, letters of support for the project were read from "America's Most Wanted" star John Walsh, Senator Rick Scott (who prepared a video presentation), Governor Ron DeSantis, Congressman Bill Posey (who attended and read his letter), the NRA, the Police Benevolent Association, the NYPD's 10-13 Club, the 9463 Foundation and others. Visitors were treated to a replica of the planned Flame, complete with hundreds of twinkling lights on the stem of the structure, just below the flame itself. Guests of honor also included Commissioner Rita Pritchett, former Commissioner Robin Fisher, officials from Rush construction, board members and staff from The American Police Hall of Fame & Museum, and many others.
"In response to the phone calls we are getting, yes, there is still opportunity for sponsorships or donations, both financial and in-kind, for the project," Shepherd noted. "The pinnacle donor spot is still available and we have a short list of companies in mind for that leadership gift, but we will meet with others who express interest in that level of visibility and involvement. Those seeking additional donor opportunities can contact Tara Dixon Engel at the Hall of Fame, while sponsorships are being handled by our Director of Sales, Events & Protocol, Janey Hicks."
Project details, deadlines and related information will be available at www.LEFlame.org for the Flame and www.USWalkofHeroes.org for the paver path. To find out more, call 321-264-0911.
Pictured, from left are: Brian Blanchard of the Tourism Development Council, Brian Donnelly of the 9463 Foundation, Chief John Lau of Titusville Police Department, Al Boettjer of the Police Benevolent Association, Sheriff Wayne Ivey of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Congressman Bill Posey, Barry Shepherd of American Police Hall of Fame, Brevard County Commissioner Rita Pritchett, William Chivers of Rush Construction, and Titusville Mayor Walt Johnson.
Congressman Bill Posey expresses his support for the project.
Titusville Mayor Walt Johnson presents Executive Director Barry Shepherd with a commemorative plaque.