As a tribute to the firefighters who risk their lives to keep Lethbridge residents safe, the City of Lethbridge will join other Canadian cities to mark the first every, Firefighters' National Memorial Day on Sunday, September 10, 2017.
City Hall will be lit red, yellow and blue Sunday evening and flags will be lowered to half-mast to recognize this event. As in years past, the Lethbridge Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 237, and the Lethbridge Fire Department Honour Guard will follow the lead of the International Association of Fire Fighters and hold their annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony on Monday, September 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Southminster United Church (1011-4 Ave South).
In August of this year, the Government of Canada announced the formal establishment of Firefighters' National Memorial Day to happen annually on the second Sunday of September. This day is designated in the memory of firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty.
At Monday's event, local firefighters will honour approximately 140 fallen brothers and sisters of North America's Fire Services. A parade of uniformed personnel will begin a Fire Headquarters at approximately 10:30 a.m. marching to Southminster United Church. The parade will be led by the Lethbridge Fire Department Honour Guard and the Lethbridge Firefighter's Pipes and Drums.
The City of Lethbridge recognizes the dangers our firefighters face as they work to protect our community every day. Firefighters' National Memorial Day will commemorate their courage and their unwavering commitment to serving our community.
According to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, over 1,300 firefighters have died in the line of duty since 1848. In Lethbridge seven firefighters have lost their life while in the line of duty since 1970. Please join us in honouring the sacrifice these individuals and their families have made and the legacy they have left behind.
Dana Terry, Deputy Chief Support Services
Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services