The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, who spear-headed the building of this permanent memorial and organized this ceremony, deserve a great deal of credit. Always held on the second Sunday of September, this year the memorial coincided with the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York, where 343 firefighters lost their lives, a tragedy not forgotten during this ceremony.
I decided not to even try to write about the spirit and emotion of the moment for us here; it was of course deeply personal and overwhelming. Our whole family was there, our daughter and her family flying back from B.C. after just moving out there one week ago! If you hven't read William's story, you can find it under the tab for 'William' above.