- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - All U.S. and West Virginia state flags are being lowered at all state-owned facilities to commemorate Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered the flags lowered from dawn to dusk on Sunday.

According to the governor’s office, more than 10,000 career and volunteer firefighters offer their time, talents and expertise to save lives and properties throughout West Virginia. They respond to more than 120,000 emergencies each year.

Tomblin says the state’s firefighters stand ready to meet and face any challenge that may come their way and serve as a constant symbol of valor.

He’s asking West Virginians to take a moment to remember the firefighters that have been lost and to thank those who have dedicated their lives to ensure safety every day.

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