Local law enforcement unveil fallen officers memorial
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Wilmington, NC (WWAY) -- On a cool, spring evening, heroes were remembered. Tonight, law enforcement, government leaders and members of the community honored those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, by unveiling a new memorial.

William and Susan Starling's grandfather was shot to death while serving in 1931. "We've been waiting for this day. What a great honor for our family member," Susan said.

Officers carried a single red rose for each 11 officers from New Hanover County that were killed. Family members of those lost placed the roses on a memorial wreath.

Tonight marked a moment Eleanor Williams will not soon forget. Her son, Christopher, was killed in the line of duty in 2006. Williams says she can can now look back on her son's commitment to service and smile. "It's not so much a sense of loss as it a sense of pride."

Tonight's event comes ahead of the kickoff of National Police Week this weekend in Washington D.C.

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Thank you for remembering those who served selflessly, tirelessly and ended up paying the ultimate price.

Many cops, male and female, are veterans...and have given or are in the process of giving a Lifetime of Service. Good People!

Local Law Enforcement, you frequently do not get the credit you deserve, and it is rough out there.
Thank you for your service each and every day. You put up with a lot, you keep your cool, and you are appreciated...but most of us recognize that you don't get the credit you all deserve.

Stay safe out in the field! We will keep you close in prayer.