Seven Ottawa firefighters amongst these honoured at annual ceremony remembering the fallen

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OTTAWA -- September 13, 2020 -- The Canadian Firefighters Annual Memorial Ceremony was held in a small in person ceremony that was streamed virtually from the Canadian Firefighters Memorial, Sunday, September 13, 2020. ASHLEY FRASER, POSTMEDIA
The Canadian Firefighters annual memorial ceremony was held in a small in- individual ceremony livestreamed from the Canadian Firefighters Memorial on Sunday. Ashley Fraser/Postmedia Photograph by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia

With COVID-19 prompting the CFFF to cancel its standard ceremony plans, organizers quietly put collectively a pared-down memorial service that was livestreamed by way of Fb.

“We nonetheless needed to do one thing to commemorate all of the names which might be on the wall,” stated CFFF president David Sheen.

“Our expertise working with households tells us that the most important concern most households have is the day they get up they usually neglect, and the very first thing on their thoughts isn’t their fallen member of the family. We didn’t need them to really feel that their member of the family is forgotten in any approach, form or type.”

Households who would usually take part on this yr’s ceremony will probably be invited to subsequent yr’s – offered the pandemic has reached a degree the place such an occasion will probably be attainable, stated Sheen.

And whereas he felt it essential to do one thing to honour the fallen on this most unpredictable of years, he discovered it got here with its personal model of melancholy.

“I wasn’t sitting on a podium, wanting down on the uncooked feelings of the households, which at all times strikes a chord with me and brings a tear to my eye,” stated Sheen. “However I discovered that after it was over, I used to be unhappy about the truth that it wasn’t our regular weekend. That type of introduced me to tears.”