Firefighters National Memorial Day marked in Red Deer

By Sheldon Spackman
September 10, 2017 - 12:29pm Updated: September 10, 2017 - 8:49pm

RCMP and other emergency services personnel gathered for a memorial march at Red Deer City Hall Park on Sunday, September 10 to honour firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty.

The event was part of the first annual Firefighters National Memorial Day being held across the country this year.

The national day is the result of Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Preparedness Ralph Goodale announcing recently that the second Sunday of September would commemorate the sacrifices firefighters have made over the years.

The event saw Emergency Services Honour Guards lay wreaths of remembrance and observe a minute of silence to reflect on the loss of firefighters, emergency medical services members and law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities. Uniformed members in attendance on Sunday morning included RCMP, Red Deer Emergency Services and the Penhold Volunteer Fire Department.

In accordance with new federal protocol, both the Canada flag and City of Red Deer flag were lowered to half mast.

Ribbon cut on Access for All playground

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