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47 A fter years of fundraising and government approvals, construction on the national memorial to Canada's firefighters began in the spring of 2011. Concrete foundations and site services were implemented followed by installation of the granite. The bases for both the Lone Pine and the firefighter statue and fire pole were completed before winter set in that year ready to receive the pine tree and bronze elements the following year. In the spring of 2012 the memorial name wall and other granite was installed along with the planting of the Lone Pine tree. In June 2012, the completed bronze statue took its final spot of vigilance overlooking the wall of honour which received the original 1111 engraved names. Plantings, walkways, and lighting final touches continued in July and August with the fire pole arriving in late August 2012. The design "We Were There" includes a large bronze statue of a firefighter who has returned to earth from heaven via a sixty-foot high fire pole to point out the names of his fallen comrades on a memorial wall. The memorial wall, in the abstract shape of Canada, contains the names of all fallen firefighters in cloud-like formations over the province near where they died. A lone pine tree, planted in a significant spot in the memorial site, represents the lone Canadian and the Canadian forests protected from fire by the bronze firefighter and the large fire pole which also acts as a lightning rod. The Foundation's motto, "Never to be Forgotten", is engraved on the pine tree rock. The site contains unique materials which symbolize Canada. Plantings, which turn red in the fall, represent the retardant dropped by air crews who fight devastating forest fires across our nation. Brass couplings collected from fire departments across Canada are included in the bronze elements of the memorial making it truly a national collaboration. Mobile access to the Internet at the site will enable visitors to quickly locate names on the 105 foot memorial wall through the CFFF website containing the national LODD database. Location numbers beside the name of the firefighter correspond to bronze markers located near the bottom of the memorial wall. The name will be found within two feet of the marker line. Even without internet access, a name can be found rather quickly if you know the province the firefighter died in. The memorial wall is in the abstract shape of Canada and engraved wide lines separate the provinces. If you stand back and look at the wall you will see what appears to be clouds floating across a map of Canada with British Columbia at the far left. As you get closer the clouds are revealed as lines of engraved names. The names contained in the cloud formations will be close to the province in which the firefighter died. Although the name wall is not directly lit, automatic lighting at night makes the site quite dramatic. CANADIAN FIREFIGHTERS M E M O R I A L

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