We honor our fallen brothers and sisters for many reasons. We carve their names on walls of stone to immortalize their sacrifice. We gather their families together to assure them that the brotherhood will always be there. We learn from their sacrifice to make our craft safer. And, just as important, we must fight the tendency to get lost in the ceremony and forget the reasons we have them in the first place.
The Department would like to thank all members and family that attended the service, Mayor Goldberg and Council Member John Lane for speaking during the service. Associate Pastor Howard Van Dyk, Jr. of the Hawthorne Gospel Church for hosting the church service. Special thank you goes to Cal Sander and the Dietary Staff of Van Dyk-Park Place who hosted and provided the dinner.