Final Alarm Ceremony
This past Saturday - we went to the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial Park, in Wisconsin Rapids for the Final Alarm Ceremony. Our Dad was among 5 Line of Duty deaths that happened since last ceremony, in WI.
We arrived on a charter bus - with 33 of us!
The Final Alarm Ceremony was very well attended. It was a good ceremony - despite the rain (and being cold). It was a little emotional (I'm sure it would have been different if the weather was better).
My Mom requested that she could have a picture of Dad to hold during the ceremony. So the morning of I went to get an 8 X 10" picture, and I put it in a frame. I brought along a dozen roses. I (along with my sister's help.. Thanks Amy!) put a black ribbon on each rose. one for Mom, 4 for the children, and 7 for the grandchildren (yes one for the unborn baby). We left the picture up during the ceremony, under our Dad's name.
Our Mom received a folded American flag inside a flag case with a Maltese cross on the back, and a single rose.
We left the roses under our Dad's name - that will be forever etched on the wall of the memorial.
There are more pictures of our day here - Final Alarm Ceremony - 10/03/2009
Here is an article about the ceremony posted in the newspaper - Firefighters ceremony honors those lost in the line of duty
Next year, we will be in Emmitsburg, Maryland for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial weekend.