Thousands of people are en route to Colorado Springs for this weekend’s annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony.
”It's the largest year we've ever had,” said Colorado Springs Firefighters Local 5 President, Curt Crumb.
This year 572 names will be added to the walls of the memorial.
Due to COVID-caused cancellations from previous years, names this year are a combination of 2021 and 2022.
3,800 family members have registered to attend.
2,500 International Association of Fire Fighters members are on their way to be part of the honor guard.
“Our goal is to make everybody feel special when they come here. This is obviously a solemn event for them. So it’s an event that we cherish, and we honor, but it is a solemn moment and it means somebody lost their life in the line of duty which we never want to see,” said Crumb.