Honoring CIA's Fallen
The stars carved in marble at the CIA Headquarters Lobby are a simple, silent memorial to employees who have died in the line of duty. Today, and every day, we honor the brave CIA officers who came before us.
We at CIA remember our heroes—the men and women commemorated by stars on our Memorial Wall. Each of them, in their own way and own time, strengthened America and helped spread freedom across the globe.
Leon E. Panetta
Former Director of the CIA
About the CIA Memorial Wall
The men and women of CIA are united by a mission essential to our country. They act as a team, often living overseas and working long hours to help our nation meet difficult intelligence challenges.
When an officer dies in the line of duty, we pay tribute to that colleague and friend. For the people of CIA, that is the Memorial Wall. It is dedicated to those who died while serving their country and it is a lasting reminder of their heroism, the risks inherent in the intelligence profession, and our pledge to put service before self.
The Memorial Wall—and the stories of the people it commemorates—inspire all who carry our mission forward. It affirms our own commitment to the American people. It was with this goal in mind that Master stone carver Harold Vogel created the original design for the Wall—to make an officer’s memory an integral part of our Headquarters, which represents our Agency’s mission.
To learn more about the Wall and its history, read our Memorial Wall Publication.