10/04/08 121 W, 1 I - + 9 - 15 Lowering the Flag for Fallen Firefighters

From a reader, did you know that the law requires the U.S. flag be lowered in observance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service? On October 16, 2001, President George W. Bush approved legislation (Public Law 107-51) requiring the U.S. flag to be lowered to half-staff on all Federal buildings to memorialize fallen firefighters. Thus, U.S. flags across the country will be lowered on Sunday, October 5, 2008. Remember to lower the U.S. flags at your home, fire department, and business. Lowering your flag on Sunday recognizes the brave men and women who died protecting their communities from natural and man-made emergencies and disasters, as well as those who carry on the proud tradition.

Wake & District PS Pipes & Drums sent 8 members of the band to participate this year in the memorial services. It was truely a great honor and priviledge to be able to take part in this special event. I encourage everyone to try and attend the Sunday ceremony at least once in their career. The Sat service is closed to the public as it is just for the families of the FF’s that are having their names added to the wall, but Sun is open to all. In fact 2 Raleigh FF’s should be having their names added to the 3200 names next year. This was our first time being apart of the services and we will definitely be making this an annual trip again and again as it is in our mission to Honor Our Fallen.
WAND - 10/06/08 - 14:26

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