(WATCH) Fallen Firefighters Memorial Adds 250 Names In Colorado Springs
Firefighters from across America and Canada gathered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to celebrate the firefighters who risked their lives in the line of duty
The names of 250 men and women were added Saturday to the growing rolls inscribed on the national Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs.
The number of union firefighters’ names being added to the black stone walls at the northwest corner of Memorial Park has been steadily increasing in recent years.
The wall honors the sacrifices made by firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The memorial features names from the US and Canada.
The names added at this year’s ceremony, which anually attracts 100's of first responders and their grieving families, join those of more than 8,100 IAFF firefighters who died in fires or from chronic illnesses related to their work since 1918.
As in years past, a procession of hundreds of motorcyclists arrived at the park Saturday to honor the fallen firefighters, followed by firetrucks from departments around Colorado.
Thousands of people from across the country gathered around 1,100 bagpipers and drummers as the ceremony began — the beat of the drums seemed to reverberate off Pikes Peak.