Honoring the Minnesota firefighters killed in the line of duty was the purpose of a ceremony held on the state Capitol grounds Sunday.
Organizers expected more than 1,000 people to turn out to honor the fallen fire fighters. According to WCCO, firefighters from all across Minnesota were among those in attendance.
The memorial now contains the names of 216 Minnesota firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty. As part of the ceremony all of those names were read Sunday afternoon.
Governor Mark Dayton had ordered state flags lowered to half staff Sunday to honor those fallen firefighters.
"Today, we thank all Minnesota firefighters for their courageous service, and we honor the sacrifices of the heroes who have given their lives for us," Dayton stated. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones in service to the State of Minnesota."
The Minnesota Fire Service Foundation hosts the ceremony ever year. The organization says its mission is to preserve the memory of the Minnesota firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The organization says it is also still working to identify firefighters from the past who may have died in the line of duty. They are also still looking for family members of fallen fighters to present them with a flag.
According to the Pioneer Press, while there are 216 names on the list, they have only been able to provide 133 families with flags.