Louisiana fallen firefighters to be honored in memorial tribute

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana firefighters will honor fallen firefighting heroes as part of the 2014 Louisiana Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 29th at 11:00 a.m. and is expected to last 90 minutes. The Memorial is located at 8181 Independence Blvd in Baton Rouge.

State Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning and Commissioner Mike Strain of the Department of Agriculture and Forestry teamed up with the Walk of Honor Foundation to sponsor the event.

Representatives from various fire departments, fire service organizations, and families of those fallen firefighters will be in attendance. Scott Rogers of the Around Town TV Show will emcee, and a luncheon will be held immediately after the ceremony.

The event is free and open to the public.

The memorial will spotlight Wildland Firefighters through an unveiling of a new monument, designed by the Department of Agriculture and Forestry, in their honor.

"We owe a great deal to those who selflessly put themselves in harm's way every day to protect us.  This ceremony is an opportunity for the public to come and join the families and friends of those who paid the highest price and to let them know that they will never be forgotten." Browning said.  "This beautiful memorial is a place of reverence; a place where you can walk among the names of giants."

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