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Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Service held in Colorado Springs, Colo.

All photos by Jerilee Bennett / The Gazette via AP

Representatives of 87 fire departments from the U.S. and Canada hold flags to be presented to family members of firefighters who have died this past year. They were attending the annual IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Observance at Memorial Park in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Sept. 17, 2011.

The mission of the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, which is located near Pike’s Peak in Colorado, is to honor the sacrifice made by firefighters and emergency medical personal who have given their lives in the line of duty. Read more…

Phyllis Cash hands a tissue to her husband, O.P. Cash, after they received an encased flag in honor of their son, Paul Cash. Paul was serving with the fire department in Great Basin, Nev. when he died.

Jennifer Santora, helps her son, Antonio Echeverria, trace the name of her brother amongst the other NYFD firefighters names killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. Antonio never got to know his uncle, Christopher Alexander Santora, because his uncle was killed before he was born.