Monday, October 10, 2011

A Tribute to Fallen Firefighters

While traveling US 395 going to and from our cabin, we pass the site of the 2003 Cannon fire.  Over the years I have noticed that T-shirts have been accumulating on a wire fence near the fire area.  Today I stopped to check it out.
I found this plaque commemorating the crew of a fire tanker which crashed near the site while fighting the fire.  Most, though not all of the shirts are from various fire-fighting agencies and as you can see many other mementos have been left over the years.




I was sorry that I had never stopped before.  It had the feel of a place of pilgrimage for firefighters and others.

If you are ever driving through the area and want to stop, here is where you will find it.




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20 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a marvelous memorial and no one deserves it more than the men and women firefighters who put their lives on the line so many times for all of our worlds! Wonderful post for the day, Martha! Thank you!

Sylvia

ewok1993 said...

i am really glad too that you stopped to check out what it's all about. we're all better for knowing that such a place exists.

Kay L. Davies said...

I'm so glad you stopped, Martha. Heartfelt tributes, and now you have let us all know why they're there.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Ebie said...

I am moved about this tribute, they are our heroes.

The dark clouds add sentiment to the photo.

zeal4adventure said...

A heartfelt memorial. I could feel the community's gratitude towards these heroes.

Gary said...

It's very important to remember the firefighters who protect our hertige. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Marsha R said...

There's a story in every shirt. Don't you wish you knew each one?

Arija said...

A memorial from the heart, simple and straightforward.
we too have fires like that and lose brave men who are unpaid volunteers who fight for other people's houses while their own place burns to the ground.
It is heartening to see that people remember their sacrifice.

Jenn Jilks said...

How moving.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I have a soft spot for forest fire fighters. My dad did that for years. We had a friend of the family die in a spotter plane when it crashed with a tanker in northern Arizona back in the 60's.

During hot dry summers Dad would be gone for months to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada and California and then show up unannounced one day sicker than a dog, exhausted, and very dirty.

We went to visit him a few times at camps near a big fire. Nothing has ever puckered me up like looking at a whole mountainside on fire.

Carly said...

Such a touching memorial!

Carly said...

Such a touching memorial!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It is a great reminder of the sacrifices these people make every year -- and I'm sure it is a pilgrimage for many other firefighters and for their families and friends. Glad you stopped -- I would too now.

Jackie said...

A wonderful tribute to very courageous men and women.

EG Wow said...

This kind of tribute is a vivid reminder of just how dangerous firefighting is!

Adam Tilt said...

Very interesting tribute. Great to see that their loss is still being commemorated.

Ann said...

Do thye add more and more T Shirts?

eileeninmd said...

A wonderful memorial and tribute. Great post and photos for Our World.

Andrew said...

Lovely to see...

Kay said...

My son was a firefighter for about two years before going back to school. I really admire all those heroic men and women.