A day to commemorate firefighters’ courage, selflessness and unwavering commitment to serve. Today (Sept. 12th) is Firefighters’ National Memorial Day.
In Campbell River, locals are encouraged to reflect on the menace fire crews often face, while also paying homage to those firefighters who’ve died on the job.
“Traditionally, the Canada flags on City facilities would fly at half-mast on the second Sunday in September to commemorate Firefighters’ National Memorial Day,” the City says.
“As the Canada flags are currently flying at half-mast in recognition of the Discovery of Remains at the Former Kamloops Indian Residential School, we encourage everyone to consider the dangers firefighters often face when carrying out their duties, and the ultimate sacrifice of firefighters who have given their lives in the line of duty.”
This year, Premier John Horgan says we mark the day at a time when these sacrifices are top of mind for so many British Columbians.
“Here in B.C., we are coming through one of the most devastating wildfire seasons on record. We have counted on those battling the blazes to save lives, homes and entire communities,” Horgan says.
“Yesterday, our neighbours to the south in the United States commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, a day when 344 firefighters went to work and never returned home.”
For Horgan, these are powerful reminders of just how selfless firefighters really are. He says they’re real-life superheroes who run into the danger the rest of us run away from.
“But to many, they are also a parent, a child, a sibling or a cherished neighbour. When a firefighter falls in the line of duty, we all feel it – none more so than the family and friends left behind,” adds Horgan.