06/22/07 194 W - + 17 - 11 Memorial Service

The Post and Courier site (charleston.net) notes that live streaming video of today's memorial service will be available. There will likely be others, on print and TV news sites. Feel free to post them as they are known or found. The planned program for the service, as posted on the above site, includes:

Processional – Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Presentation of the Colors – Charleston Fire Department Honor Guard
FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums
The National Anthem – The Voices of IFD, Indianapolis, Indiana
Invocation – Chaplain Rob Dewey, Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy
Remarks – The Honorable Joseph P. Riley Jr. - Mayor, City of Charleston
Remarks - The Honorable Marshall C. Sanford - Governor, State of South Carolina
Music – “Angels Among Us”
Firefighter James Smith, Wilson, North Carolina Fire Rescue
Remarks – Chief Russell B. Thomas Jr, Charleston Fire Department
Music – “How Great Thou Art” performed by Seacoast Church Choir
Scripture Reading – The Reverend Gabriel J. Smith
Homily – Monsignor Joseph Roth
Ringing of the Memorial Bell – Engineer Lance Williams, Charleston Fire Department
Music – “Taps”
Music – “Amazing Grace”
FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums
Benediction – The Reverend Jimmy S. Gallant III
Recessional – FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

This website: http://www.wcbd.com/midatlantic/cbd/home.. states “Complete video coming soon… ...We will have complete video online by 3pm.”
Luke - 06/22/07 - 13:32

The video is now online. It includes the procession, 2 hours; and the service, 2 hours 53 minutes.
Luke - 06/22/07 - 17:16

Very, very nice service. Very touching. Very tender.
Legeros - 06/22/07 - 18:20

FFD got together and watched the service live. It was a very nice service which I am sure the families found comfort in.
Graney - 06/22/07 - 20:35

One word; unbelieveable. I,like a few others, made the trip down and was glad I did. It has a deeper impact when you’re actually there…...
Silver - 06/22/07 - 23:03

I’ve never been so touched by anything in my life. My son is a firefighter in Atlanta and to see the honor and appreciation the men are given means more than anyone would ever know. I pray for the families, friends, and true brothers of the profession – they are their own family. I pray each day and night for God to protect my son and his family at the station, they are our heros.
I would like to find out the name of the song played by the orchestra during the recessional, after the Pipes and Drums . . . absolutely beautiful.
Vicki (Email) - 06/25/07 - 09:20

A very moving ceremony. Our prayers go out to all the families and all our friends in the service. The processional music was by the French composer Gabriel Faure – Pavane Op. 50
[tarheelcanary] (Email) - 06/25/07 - 12:14

Flags have been flying at half-mast in the metro Minneapolis area, where I’m presently visiting. Flags at fire stations, that is.
Legeros - 06/25/07 - 17:57

Any departments in NC flying their flags at half-mast? I, personally, have not heard of any beside (I believe) the one at the NCFFF memorial.
Luke - 06/25/07 - 22:49

Our flag is at half-mast.
DHFD - 06/25/07 - 23:10

So are the ones at our stations
Mike - 06/25/07 - 23:54

The flags at Western Wake were at half mast. If I remember correctly I believe that the President and Governor of the state are the only two people that can order the flags to be lowered. I don’t believe either did in the case. I may be wrong, If I am not I believe something needs to be said about it. Does anybody know if either the president or the governor said to lower the flag?
Kermit (Email) - 06/26/07 - 08:22

And if neither have ordered flags down then all flags in NC need to be raised up to full mast.
CFP743 - 06/26/07 - 11:01

Flags were ordered down by either GW or Mike Easley, I can’t recall right now which.
Mike - 06/26/07 - 14:14

Some may have seen this document, but The National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation has a “Chaplain’s Guide for Firefighter’s Funerals” that is linked from http://www.firehero.org/index1.aspx?BD=8..

It is very dignified information for the handling of a firefighter’s funeral and related events. Here’s an excerpt from the guide regarding the flags:

Flags at Half-staff – Upon notification that a fire department member has died, the Fire Chief will direct that all station flags be lowered to half-staff. They will remain at half-staff until 1700 hours the day of the final committal. When the American flag is at half-staff, no other flags will fly on the same pole. For line-of-duty deaths, the Fire Chief will request that the local officials ask other facilities to fly their flags at half-staff.

In contrast, here’s information on flag etiquette: http://www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.html

I know it’s not proper by traditional rules, but Stony Hill has kept our flags at half-mast until 1700 hrs today in honor of the fallen.
A.Rich - 06/26/07 - 23:14

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