The memorial was conceptualized by State Attorney General Jeff Howard in 1992, and dedicated on September 26, 1998. The memorial honors New Hampshire law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. Thirty-five families had experienced survivors' loss when the monument was dedicated; a thirty-sixth family has experienced survivors' loss as these lines are written (November 2006).
The names of the fallen are inscribed on the approaches to the memorial. New Hampshire sculptor Emil Birch chose the symbol of the star as an eternal shield, and the memorial is shaped as a star. In the base of the memorial is a container holding law enforcement badges from all law enforcement agencies in the state. The flame that is the focal point of the memorial represents the light of life that all officers honored have surrendered in the line of duty. The fallen officers are honored each year in a ceremony at the site of the memorial.