Canada, September 13, 2009.
I travel across state lines and country borders to attend tributes to the fallen Firefighters, EMS and Policeman of the world as it is my mission to bring attention to the cause recognizing the needs of departments everywhere to honor their fallen and raise funds to improve their conditions as they perfect their mission to protect all of us.
I most recently have had the privilage to attend the annual CFFF (Canadian Fallen Fire Fighters) memorial at Parlament Hill in the beautiful city of Ottawa in the Grand country of Canada. I was afforded the privilage to represent my former department of Orleans Nebraska and the United States as a Color Guard to honor those who made the ultimate sacrafice to save the life and property of the communities they serve.
The day was cool, the humidity low and the spirits of all who came from across Canada and around the world were high. The Parlament building was open to the public for the ceremony on the grounds as well as the receptions and banquets within the hallowed halls of this ancient and honored government building.
The tone was serious and somber for the ceremony but the mood at the after events was joyous and celebratory as companies and supporters from all parts of the world came together in a spirit of heart felt love for the honored fallen and each other.
Friends were made, communication was established and commitments were secured to stay in touch, involved and motivated to see to the needs of Firefighters, EMS and Policeman everywhere.
I urge all who read this blog to make an effort to give of yourselves and attend a similar event in your home states or even consider attending this grand affair as have I in order to raise awareness and capital to support the cause and pay respect to all of us who did not "go home".
I thank Directors John Sobey and Wayne Jasper for the invitation, support and guidence that made my stay and participation a success as well as the ceremony color party Commander Thomas Koch for his expert tutelage that helped me "fit in" and perfect my duties acceptably.
Let it be known that all who wish to attend future CFFF Memorials, you need no invitation as it is open to all and all are welcome to participate. If you need information feel free to contact myself and I will afford you all I can as well as direct you to the event organizers to help you prepare for your trip.
For me to have been invited to this event and to carry the flag bearing the seal of the Great State of Nebraska representing my former department of Orleans was "an honor and privilage".
Lieutenant Frederick Georges N.S.V.F.A./Orleans Fire and Rescue
I hope to see you in Ottawa at the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial