Raleigh breaks ground on fallen police officer memorial
Posted December 3, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — City leaders on Tuesday broke ground on a planned $500,000 memorial paying tribute to eight Raleigh police officers who were killed in the line of duty.
The 21-stone granite structure, which is expected to be complete by the summer, will span a half block and wrap around the corner in front of the Raleigh Municipal Building on West Hargett Street.
The monument will have eight holes to represent the lives lost between 1922 and 2002 and include a 64-foot water feature that planners say will convey a message of honor, appreciation and remembrance.
The Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation has raised all but $20,000 through fundraisers, such as running and cycling events and golf tournaments.
"It's not the traditional memorial. We wanted something unique," Foundation President and retired Raleigh police Maj. Dennis Lane said. "We think our (police) department is unique, and we wanted something along those lines."
The motto for the memorial, he says: "Honoring the fallen, inspiring the living."
"I think it's a fitting tribute to our fallen officers."
Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown and family members of some of the fallen officers were also present at Tuesday's event.