Taylor Fire Chief Steve Byford lowers the Canadian flag outside the Taylor Fire Hall just before sunset September 6, 2019. All three flags have been lowered to half-mast to recognize National Firefighters’ Memorial Day this Sunday, Sept. 8.
Fire halls across the country will be lowering their flags this weekend to commemorate the day. First established in Canada in 2003, it's held on the second Sunday in September.
A ceremony is planned for Sunday morning at a memorial wall in Ottawa which bears the names of 1,529 firefighters – the first belonging to Toronto firefighter William Thornton who died in November of 1848.
Ninety new names will be added to the wall this year. Ten families of the fallen, including three from B.C., will take part in this year's ceremonies.