On May 4, International Firefighters’ Day, and in honor of the world’s firefighters, Niagara Falls will be transformed into an incredible, red-colored water and light masterpiece on both sides of the American-Canadian border.
“On this date, we call on citizens in North America to remember all firefighters who paid the ultimate price to protect their communities,” said Troy Markel, Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in the United States. “They served with great honor, and their bravery will not be forgotten. I hope we can all show our support and appreciation to the firefighters world wide who continue to protect us so well throughout the year.”
International Firefighters’ Day is a time where the world recognizes and honors the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are as safe as possible. It is also a day in which current and past firefighters are acknowledged for their contributions. International Firefighters’ Day is observed each year on the 4th of May.
“All Canadians are deeply grateful to the brave women and men who put their lives on the line every day for the protection of life and property,” said David Sheen, President of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “An illuminated Niagara Falls, a wonder of the world shared by Americans and Canadians alike, will serve to recognize our brothers and sisters on both sides of the border who dedicate their service, whether they are full-time, volunteer, military, wildland, or industrial firefighters. In all cases, these individuals risk the ultimate sacrifice of a firefighter’s life.”
The Falls will be illuminated red between 10:00 and 10:15 p.m. that evening. The two sister organizations are very pleased to have jointly made this significant recognition a reality.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation extend their sincere gratitude for the red color illuminations provided courtesy of The Niagara Falls Illumination Board.