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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A somber ceremony to honor the lives lost from terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 provided an opportunity for local firefighters to remember those who died while serving Wilmington.
A bell rang once for each of the seven Wilmington firefighters who have died in the line of duty since the department was organized in 1846.
Seven current firefighters stood with shovels to represent those lost on duty. They used those shovels to break ground on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial.
The ceremony marked the beginning of efforts to raise money to build the $250,000 memorial.
Fire Chief Buddy Martinette said the plan is to unveil the memorial at a ceremony on September 11, 2013, but it will take community support to make it happen. "If we can't get the community involved in this, we're not going to be successful," he said.
According to the city, the memorial will be outlined in the shape of a fire helmet with a six foot bronze statute holding a piece of steel from the World Trade Center site. You can get more information by going here.
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