September 11th Memorial

For this week’s entry I hoped to find something tying in to the 11th anniversary of a day that everyone knows, September 11th. I would like to preface that remark by saying that I’m not one of these Americans who expects everybody to drop what they are doing and remember, or anything like that. I simply realized that the date coincided with my day off, and that there might be something happening worth taking photos of.

I saw on the Winnipeg Free Press site that there was to be a press conference by the Manitoba Peace Officer Memorial Foundation just a few blocks from my house, so I grabbed my gear and headed down the street.

As I arrived I saw a few dozen people, mostly firefighters from all over Manitoba gathered around a small podium. Three or four ENG (re: big) television cameras were set up in a half circle in front of the podium, flanked by rows of chairs in which hardly anybody sat.

The press conference was called to announce the beginning of a campaign to fund a memorial to be placed in, coincidentally enough, Memorial Park, to honor Firefighters, Paramedics, Police Officers, and others who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Also, please excuse me as I have not figured out how to make the captions not all caps yet.

Firefighters, media personnel, and members of the public gather in the shadow of the Manitoba Legislative Building for a press conference by the Manitoba Peace Officer Memorial Foundation on September 11, 2012.

Robert Belanger (L), president of the Manitoba Peace Officer Memorial Foundation announces a Memorial as MLA and NDP Cabinet Member Steve Ashton (C) and Winnipeg Firefighter and President of the Manitoba Fallen Firefighters Foundation Alex Forrest (R) look on.

A firefighter from Dauphin, a small town 200 miles (320 km) from Winnipeg, watches Robert Belanger address the media.

MLA of Thompson and Cabinet Member of the New Democratic Party (NDP) Steve Ashton addresses the media at the Manitoba Legislative Building on September 11th, 2012.

A firefighter/photographer stands atop a fire engine to get a better angle for a photo.

A firefighter use his cell phone to snap a photo of Winnipeg Firefighter and President of the Manitoba Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Alex Forrest.

Firefighters applaud and show their gratitude for a memorial to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty.

Morden Fire Chief Alex Thiessen presents a check for the Manitoba Peace Officer Memorial to Alex Forrest.

Alex Forrest, president of the Manitoba Fallen Firefighters Foundation shows plans for a memorial to his fellow Winnipeg firefighters.

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