TITUSVILLE, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A monument that will feature an eternal flame is planned for the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum in Titusville, Florida.
The United States Law Enforcement Eternal Flame sculpture will be 10 stories high; the flame itself will measure 20 feet.
President John F. Kennedy has an eternal flame at Arlington National Cemetery. It was JFK who declared May 15 National Peace Officer Memorial Day.
"It represents all law-enforcement past present and future," said Barry Shephard, the chief executive officer at the American Police Hall of Fame.
Shephard showed us the museum. The centerpiece is a memorial for officers who died in the line of duty.
Paying tribute to fallen officers is a priority for Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, who has traveled to Washington, DC for a national ceremony honoring Deputy Kevin Stanton, who has been added to the monument in the nation's capitol. Stanton was killed in a crash on his way to start to his shift.
Shephard hopes visitors to the museum and memeorial will take a brief moment to remember these fallen officers.
"Just to kind of sit silently and think about what law enforcement does and why it's important," he added..
The museum has purchased five acres right next to the property. They will break ground on the eternal flame display next year.