2nd Annual Recognition of 2011 casualties
The Wichita Fire Department announces support of the Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters campaign and requests all local places of worship to participate.
Bells will ring from coast to coast as a grateful nation pauses on Sunday, Oct. 7, to honor those firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2011. Firefighters and their places of worship will join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) for the Second Annual Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters, part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
"As the Memorial Service begins, the bells at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel in Emmitsburg will ring to honor the memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2011," said Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. "We are encouraging firefighters across the country to invite their place of worship or other community group to join us with their own tribute to our fallen heroes."
The moment of remembrance can occur at any time during Memorial Weekend, October 6 & 7. Clergy and community leaders are encouraged to develop an appropriate tribute. Some suggestions include: ringing chapel bells, a moment of silence, a brief prayer, a hymn, or tolling a ceremonial bell by members of the fire department. Nearly 100 cities participated in the first Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters in 2011.
For more information about participating in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters, please visit www.BellsAcrossAmerica.com.