Bindi Irwin Cries While Honoring Father Steve Irwin at His Posthumous Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony

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Steve Irwin's legacy continues. 

The Crocodile Hunter was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, more than a decade after his shocking death. Irwin was killed by a stingray while filming a documentary series in 2006 at the age of 44. 

Irwin's widow, Terri, and their two kids, Bindi and Robert, were on hand to honor the conservationist and TV personality. 

In a touching speech, Terri remembered her time with Steve, and encouraged fans to follow his "love of everything." 14-year-old Robert then took the mic for a few words, before Bindi teared up while paying tribute to her father. 

"I'm going to get a little bit emotional because it's such a special day," she said, breaking down and hugging her mother. "I have to tell you that I,never in my wildest dreams, imagined that this would become a reality, and this is such an honor as a family to continue in dad's footsteps... so thank you for being here today and supporting us."

"And you know what? We'll always be a family. So congratulations and woohoo," she sweetly added. The family then posed alongside Irwin's star -- and a huge anaconda!

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"I just cried through the whole time I was speaking. It's something where, I don't think a lot of people realize how emotional it is," Bindi explained to ET's Lauren Zima after the ceremony. "It's been over 10 years now, and the grief is always going to be there, but I think now, it's moving forward and remembering everything dad worked so hard for. And this is a celebration of his life and it's always going to be emotional, but I think these are just happy and proud tears. We miss him so much."

"It was just so special and just... I don't think we'll get a star, but the beat's gonna go on. I think they'll be next," Terri added, tearing up, while Robert praised his "hero" mom for "supporting us through everything." 

The family -- who continues Irwin's conservationist work at the Australia Zoo -- also had the support of Bindi's boyfriend, Chandler Powell, whom Terri says Steve would have been "very proud" of. 

"I think he'd be very proud of Chandler and I think that it's so special," she said. "We have so many family and friends here, Chandler and people from all over the world. It's been overwhelming, who's come. All these special friends and family, and you. Thank you for coming. We love you."

ET also sat down with the family in Los Angeles on Wednesday, where they opened up about what to expect from the ceremony. 

"I think its going to be very emotional and very special and I think we will really wish that he was there to experience [it]," Terri shared, as Robert said he was "over the moon." 

"To have a conservationist on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is amazing. He's actually right next to Johnny Cash's star, which is really awesome. And it's really nice for people to see the impact that Dad had and how many people he actually inspired," he expressed. "So we're really, really excited. Definitely."

"It's really wonderful and its great to get his message out, because he always said, 'I don't care if people remember me, I want them to remember my message,'" Robert continued. "And so to continue that and have that in the forefront of people's minds, it's really what he would have wanted. So it's really great to celebrate everything that he loved and to get everyone really passionate about the cause."

The family also discussed their special bond with Russell Crowe, who helped Irwin receive his star. 

"I've known Russell since before I was born and he's just wonderful and he's just been a friend of ours for so many years and a friend of Dad's," Bindi shared. "It's really special to have people like that in your life, who are there no matter what, through the good times and the challenging times and he's just always been a part of our lives."

"And to have his support, especially with this wonderful honor of the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- he wrote a letter of recommendation -- and it just meant the world to us as a family. So, he's great. We're very lucky," she added.

See more from ET's interview with the Irwin family in the video below. 

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