A curving stone wall, soothing landscape, and the names, each inscribed on plaques with the date on which their watch ended.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection memorial-the only commemorative bearing solely the names of CBP employees fallen in the line of duty since the agency's 2003 creation-was dedicated today on the grounds of the CBP Advanced Training Center in Harper's Ferry, W.Va.
Conceived in February, designed and built in three months, the memorial stands as "a constant reminder to all current and future leaders that commitment and sacrifice is owed," said ATC Director James W. Cobb during the dedication ceremony, "owed to those we serve and to those who have gone before."
The words of CBP's motto, "Vigilance, Service, Integrity," are engraved on a wall overlooking the remembrance plaques. The memorial rests near the entrance of the ATC's newly completed Global Borders College building, to be formally opened on May 20.
"We can best honor these fallen agents and officers by drawing on their immense sacrifices to inspire us to excel," said Patricia M. Duffy, assistant commissioner for the CBP Office of Training and Development, to the CBP employees assembled at the ceremony. "To press on when we feel we have nothing left to give, and to be as committed to the CBP mission and to this country as they were."
At the dedication's conclusion, the ATC students and instructors, staff and guests filed singly past the plaques to pay their respects.
The memorial holds 23 name plaques. Two more soon will be added with the names of Agents Hector R. Clark and Eduardo Rojas Jr., who died while on duty last week.
-Susan Holliday, Office of Public Affairs