Aurora Police, first responders, FBI agents and firemen gathered at the victims' memorial site across from the Century 16 movie theater Wednesday night. For many officers, it was the first time they had visited the memorial centered around 12 white crosses brought by an Illinois man who'd placed 15 crosses at Columbine High School in 1999.

At the memorial site in Aurora, officers bowed their heads in prayer and solidarity with victims' families.

Shooting survivor Harmony Johnson, who had just been released from the hospital, was happy to see the officers there.

From CBS4 Denver:

Johnson felt she is speaking for everyone when she said “true heroes do come with badges, not with capes.”

The memorial has been growing daily with flowers, balloons, stuffed animals and heartfelt notes. Visitors to the memorial so far have included Gov. John Hickenlooper, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates, Batman actor Christian Bale and his wife, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and others.

"I can't say enough about the amount of support that we hear and we from our community, and that's what keeps us going," Aurora Police Officer Cassidee Carlson said at the site.

Thursday the Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to visit the memorial site with a victim's family.

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  • An Aurora police officer looks at the memorial across from the movie theater, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and over 50 wounded in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Daniel Oates

    Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates, center, looks at the memorial across from the movie theater, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and over 50 wounded in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • A woman holds flowers before placing them at the memorial across from the movie theater, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and over 50 wounded in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Stacy Moriarty

    Stacy Moriarty, from Aurora, reveals a tattoo with the word serenity as she looks at the memorial across from the movie theater, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and over 50 wounded in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Gretchen Fronapfel

    Aurora Police Homicide Detective Gretchen Fronapfel, right, hugs a woman at the memorial across from the movie theater, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and over 50 wounded in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Shadia Sikkema, Diane Sikkema, Spenser Sikkema

    Shadia Sikkema, 12, left, her mother Diane Sikkema, and sister Spenser Sikkema, 19, hold each other at the memorial across from the movie theater, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and over 50 wounded in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Aurora police officer bow their heads in prayer at the memorial across from the movie theater, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and over 50 wounded in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • A picture of Gordon Cowden is nearly covered with flowers at the memorial across from the movie theater, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and over 50 wounded in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Yadira Gutierrez

    Yadira Gutierrez, 5, from Denver, hangs onto her mother's hand as she tosses a flower onto the memorial across from the movie theater, Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colo. Twelve people were killed and over 50 wounded in a shooting attack early Friday at the packed theater during a showing of the Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises." Police have identified the suspected shooter as James Holmes, 24. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: A wooden cross with the name and sailor's cap of shooting victim John Larimer, the Navy intelligence officer from Crystal Lake, Illinois, is viewd through a heart-shaped wreath at a makeshift memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theater on July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes is suspected of killing 12 and injuring 58 others on July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: Aurora Colorado Police division chief Ken Murphy gets hug as he and Aurora police top brass along with firefighters visit the makeshift memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theater on July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes is suspected of killing 12 and injuring 58 others on July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: A woman visits the makeshift memorial for the 12 movie theater shooting victims built across the street from the Century 16 Theater July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes is suspected of killing 12 and injuring 58 others on July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: A woman visits the makeshift memorial for the 12 movie theater shooting victims built across the street from the Century 16 Theater July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes is suspected of killing 12 and injuring 58 others on July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: Aurora Colorado Police Chief Dan Oates (2ndR) and FBI special agent in charge Jim Yacone (R) visit the makeshift memorial to participate in a prayer across the street from the Century 16 movie theater on July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes is suspected of killing 12 and injuring 58 others on July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: A woman visits the makeshift memorial for the 12 movie theater shooting victims built across the street from the Century 16 Theater July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes is suspected of killing 12 and injuring 58 others on July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: Aurora police division cheif Kevin Flynn looks at a memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theatre July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes, suspected of killing Cowden and 11 others and injuring 58, July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado.(Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: Aurora police division cheif Kevin Flynn looks at a memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theatre July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes, suspected of killing Cowden and 11 others and injuring 58, July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado.(Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: Aurora police division cheif Kevin Flynn (R) stands next to a memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theatre July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes, suspected of killing Cowden and 11 others and injuring 58, July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado.(Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: (L - R) Aurora police commander Jack Dalez and division cheif Kevin Flynn look at the cross of victim Gordon Cowden at a memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theatre July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes, suspected of killing Cowden and 11 others and injuring 58, July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado.(Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: Balloons with the names of of victims at a memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theatre July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes, suspected of killing Cowden and 11 others and injuring 58, July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado.(Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: Aurora police division cheif Kevin Flynn looks at a memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theatre July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes, suspected of killing Cowden and 11 others and injuring 58, July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado.(Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: Law enforcement officers pay their respect at a memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theatre July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes, suspected of killing Cowden and 11 others and injuring 58, July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado.(Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: Law enforcement officers pay their respect at a memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theatre July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes, suspected of killing Cowden and 11 others and injuring 58, July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado.(Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: A mourner stands under balloons with the names of of victims at a memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theatre July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes, suspected of killing Cowden and 11 others and injuring 58, July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado.(Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: Aurora police division cheif Kevin Flynn looks at a memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theatre July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes, suspected of killing Cowden and 11 others and injuring 58, July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado.(Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: Aurora police top brass division chief Kevin Flynn (L), commander Roger Cloyd (C) and commander Jack Daluz visit the makeshift memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theater on July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes is suspected of killing 12 and injuring 58 others on July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

  • Denver Area Community Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings

    AURORA, CO - JULY 25: Aurora police top brass division chief Kevin Flynn (L) and commander Jack Daluz visit the makeshift memorial across the street from the Century 16 movie theater on July 25, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes is suspected of killing 12 and injuring 58 others on July 20 during a shooting rampage at a screening of 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Aurora, Colorado. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)