Tuesday, October 6, 2009
~ Fallen Firefighters & Countryside Meanderings .......
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation honored 103 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2008 & 19 firefighters who died in past years but had not yet been honored, with approx 6,500 relatives & colleagues attend from across the nation. (The National Firefighters Academy is in Emmitsburg, MD.)
There were 4 hook & ladder firetrucks holding up two giant American flags at the National Emergency Training Center. It was awesome to see.
"They died because there was something in each of their lives that they valued more than life: their duty, their calling to protect the safety of their families & their fellow citizens', Rep. Hoyer stated. They are ready to shout down tens of thousands of years of human instinct to run into danger, into fire, into the floods, into catastrophe."
Each family was presented a folded American flag & a red rose. The bag pipes played, & a flock of white doves was released.
It was breathtaking to view. Our heroes ..... please remember those that lay down their lives for us.
***The pictures following are some I took as I meander thru the Maryland countryside backroads enroute to this ceremony. Many more will follow in over the next couple of weeks.***