GREENSBORO — The Annual Greensboro Police Memorial honored 22 law enforcement officers that were killed in the line of duty in Guilford County.

Members of the law enforcement community gathered Tuesday at Governmental Plaza for a ceremony.

"We place a great responsibility on our law enforcement officers," Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan said. "They have given their lives to preserve the fundamental values to protect our way of life. It’s most fitting that we pay tribute to the fallen 22 officers today. We are forever in their debt and always grateful to them."

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Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott recognized the 22 officers that died and commended first responders and others who helped two officers in Guilford County survive after being attacked in recent months.

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"This is a service that we wish we never had to participate in," Scott said. "We wish the brave 22 officers were still with us today. We wish, but we all know when we take the oath to protect and serve, there’s a chance that an officer may not come home."

Law enforcement from the Greensboro, High Point and Gibsonville police departments were there as well as the Guilford County Sheriff's Office and the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

This week is National Police Week and law enforcement agencies all over the country are honoring those killed in the line of duty.