Photos by Mike Maloney/London Community News
It was a solemn occasion on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 11) as members of London’s fire fighting fraternity were joined by dignitaries including Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, family and the general public for the official unveiling and dedication of the London Fire Fighters’ Memorial Monument.
Held in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, the event honoured the memory of those who have died in the line of duty with the city of London since 1855.
21 names are etched in the granite memorial, which was erected in a cooperative effort between the London Professional Fire Fighters’ Association and the City of London.
In a press release after the ceremony Fire Chief John Kobarda encouraged people to never forget the sacrifice of the fallen fire fighter’s, not just in London but everywhere. “Remember how brave their actions, how noble and selfless their deeds, how caring and determined they were to be a force of good in our communities. We remember them and we remember their families left behind. We honour them this day and all days.”
To further acknowledge the sacrifices of fallen London fire fighters’ both past and future, the department headquarters at the corner of Horton and Colbourne streets have been renamed the London Fire Department Memorial Headquarters and were also rededicated at the same ceremony.