Firefighters from across the country remembered their fallen comrades at the 10th annual Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony Sunday.
The memorial remembers the more than 1,100 firefighters who have lost their lives serving Canada.
The event began with a parade from the Garden of the Provinces and Territories Park on Wellington Street to the Memorial Site near the War Museum for the ceremony.
At least 1,000 men and women in uniform were out to pay their respects, including pipe band players.
This year, nine families were honoured for losing a loved one in the line-of-duty last year. The ceremony also added 47 other names to the memorial wall. They are fallen firefighters who were not honoured previously over the years.
Connie’s husband was one of the nine who died last year. She and her family went up during the ceremony to receive her husband’s fire hat – officially retiring it. Connie’s husband served 37 years as a firefighter.
She tells 1310News, this ceremony is very special to her, “This means everything. It makes me feel so good. When you lose your loved one, it’s just devastating. You see the respect, the love, the care you have over here … it’s fabulous.”
This year the organization representing forest firefighters served as the honourary host of the ceremony. Representative John MacDonald says, it’s a huge honour to have that title with his co-firefighters.
He says even though the sun was shining, it’s a grim day. “It’s a sad day when we’re paying respects to families who have lost loved ones. So, we want to do it right. I hope someday we can come here and not have one to honour for that year.”