Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered flags to be lowered Sunday in honor of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day.
This day recognizes the sacrifices late firefighters have made throughout the country. U.S., state and other flags will be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset.
“The men and women who have joined fire departments throughout each of our communities put their lives on the line in their efforts to make our homes and our neighborhoods safe, and we thank each and every one of them for what they do in the name of public service,” Malloy said in a statement.
There are more than 26,000 firefighters in the state.
“Connecticut is grateful for the courage and bravery embodied by our firefighters every day,” Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman said in a statement. “While others may run away from danger, these brave men and women put their lives on the line to run toward it. So many have made the ultimate sacrifice, and today we reflect on the fallen and continue to pray for their families, friends, and those they left behind. They are true heroes, and we will never forget their sacrifice or the sacrifices of their families.”