|"Somewhere, Everyday" bronze statue and granite walls of the memorial overlooking Pikes Peak|
|Entry to the Memorial transcribed in this post|
"International Association of Fire Fighters Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial
The International Association of Fire Fighters Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial honors the sacrifice made by IAFF members - professional fire fighters, paramedics, and emergency medical personnel in the United States and Canada - who gave their lives while serving their country and community.
|"Somewhere, Everyday" is a bronze statue of|
a fire fight cradling an infant as he descends
Each September, the IAFF conducts a ceremony to celebrate and pay tribute to their sacrifice and to provide support and comfort to the families of the fallen.
The centerpiece of the Memorial is an original bronze sculpture of a fire fighter descending a ladder while cradling an infant in one arm. Towering 20 feet above the Memorial, 'Somewhere, Everyday,' epitomizes the courage and bravery displayed daily by IAFF members across North America. The granite walls are a lasting tribute to those brave men and women so that they are always remember, never forgotten."
So the Memorial was first erected in 1989, but redone and rededicated in 2015. I was surprised that Colorado Springs, my new home, was the location for this Memorial, but the rededication in 2015 didn't surprise me. Colorado Springs was the site of two terrible fires in recent years. In the summer of 2012 the Waldo Canyon Fire filled the city with smoke as a huge fire blazed on the mountain range. Mountain fires are notoriously difficult to contain because of the terrain and winds that frequently come off the mountains during summer storms. It took nearly 3 weeks to contain and was the most destructive fire in Colorado's history (as measured by number of homes destroyed)...until the following year.
In the summer of 2013 almost exactly one year from the start of the Waldo Canyon Fire, the Black Forrest Fire started. It took nine days to contain which was much quicker than the previous year's fire, but there were more homes destroyed. Both fires terrified the region. Both fires made international headlines. Both fires caused a community that is notoriously stingy with their tax dollars to dig a bit deeper into their pockets to support their firemen and women. So the rebuilding/rededication of the memorial after two horrific fires isn't surprising. They did a beautiful job with the Memorial and it truly is a tranquil place.
Next week I'll share the names on the first panel of the fallen.