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State's fallen firefighters remembered in Capitol service

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More than 200 Minnesota firefighters who died on the job will be honored in a day long memorial service at the state Capitol on Sunday.

The Pioneer Press reports this is the second year of the ceremony, held on the last Sunday of September, which is the state's official day to honor its fallen firefighters. According to the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation, the names of the 208 Minnesota firefighters who died in the line of duty have are inscribed on columns on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial. The structure was constructed on the south side of the Capitol grounds last year.

Gov. Mark Dayton and firefighters from all over the state will be part of the gathering, as will families of those who are being honored for their sacrifice. KSTP reports that at least 30 members of one St Paul firefighter's family plan to attend.

Southwest Patch has a schedule for the events of the day:

  • 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Non-denominational prayer service
  • Noon - Honor guard personnel will read the honor roll
  • 1:45 p.m. – Families enter the Capitol grounds and escorted to their seats.
  • 1:58 p.m. – Bells across Minnesota will ring to honor the state’s fallen firefighters.
  • 2 p.m. – Service begins and is scheduled to conclude at 3:30 p.m.

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