Kelowna firefighters to mark 9/11 with memorial statue

Statue to be unveiled at Kelowna firehall at Enterprise Way on Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

  • Sep. 8, 2011 2:00 p.m.

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.


Just Posted

Stargate armour debuts at Kelowna expo

The Kelowna Fan Experience will feature Jaffa armour from Stargate SG-1

Okanagan athletes among those celebrated with Aboriginal awards

Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport handed out

Okanagan makes Top 5 of least affordable home markets list

The Okanagan is the fourth least affordable place in Canada to buy property on a single income

Kelowna summit will connect employers and immigrants

A session will be held tomorrow from 12 to 3 p.m. at the downtown library

Suspected overdose, poisoning calls jump in Okanagan

BCEHS statistics show calls rose last year in Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon

Vancouver Aquarium’s resident octopus released into ocean

Staff let the Giant Pacific octopus go into the waters near Bowen Island so she can reproduce

Americans blank Rockets in playoff opener

Patrick Dea stops all 39 shots to lead Tri-City to victory in Game 1 in Kelowna

Canucks find scoring touch in 5-2 win over Blackhawks

Four Vancouver skaters have two points apiece in victory over Chicago

Kamloops landlord dealing with aftermath of firebombing

Kamloops landlord claims tenant to be a nightmare

‘Not well thought out:’ Arizona family slams B.C. speculation tax

American family spends half the year in vacation home on Vancouver Island

Family of B.C. wildfire victim wants better emergency preparedness for vulnerable people

Williams Lake’s David Jeff “fell through the cracks”

Senate backs bill to legalize recreational marijuana

Justin Trudeau reminded senators that his government was elected on a promise to legalize pot

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Most Read