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Kelowna firefighters to mark 9/11 with memorial statue

To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, the Kelowna Fire Department will hold a parade and unveil a memorial statue that symbolizes a tradition of service.

“This year, we will mark the 10th year since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York claimed 343 firefighters and this occasion is a very fitting time to unveil the Kelowna Firefighters’ memorial monument,” said Kelowna Fire Chief Jeff Carlisle.

The coordinator for the monument project, Paid On-Call District Chief Rick Jennens, said this initiative has been 15 years in the making and is delighted to see the vision of recognizing the service of all Kelowna Firefighters come to fruition.

In 1996, a joint initiative was agreed upon by the Kelowna Professional Firefighters Association, the Kelowna Paid–on–Call Firefighters, and the City of Kelowna to cost share the procurement and installation of a Firefighters’ memorial monument.

On July 7, Kelowna city council supported the firefighters’ memorial monument and approved the budget to complete this tribute.

The Kelowna Firefighters’ memorial monument symbolizes the tradition of service provided by the Kelowna Fire Department over the last 106 years.

The granite Maltese cross base provides the foundation for a brass statue of two firefighters and a child during a rescue.

The likenesses depict Kelowna firefighters from a historical and present-day perspective.

This memorial monument will serve to honour all Kelowna firefighters who have sacrificed in serving the citizens of this city.

Representatives of local protective services agencies will attend the ceremony, along with a number of local dignitaries.

On Sunday, Sept.  11, from 8 to 11:30 a.m., Enterprise Way will be closed to traffic between Dilworth Drive and Leckie Road. The Kelowna Fire Department will conduct a monument dedication and parade as part of the 9/11 memorial ceremony.

Traffic personnel will be onsite directing motorists during the closure. The public is asked to be at the firehall by 9:15 a.m. prior to the memorial service starting.

 

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