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Statement from John Kerry on the 17th Annual IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Ceremony

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September  19,  2003

"This is a day to honor heroes—to honor those Americans who faced danger every day with a courage that remind us all of what's best about America.  These fallen heroes paid the ultimate sacrifice to save lives and serve their country, and for that we owe them a great debt.

"In 1999, tragedy struck my state when a warehouse in Worcester went up in flames.  Six brave firefighters went in.  None came out alive.  Massachusetts and the nation mourned as one.  Firefighters came from Australia and Ireland and all over America to mourn their fallen brothers.  I promised the families that their loved ones' sacrifices would not be forgotten. 

"And long after the bagpipes ended their wailing and the flags returned to full staff, I have fought to keep that promise, and I will not stop my fight to honor the Worcester Six, and all the courageous firefighter's we've lost until, the job is done.

"Today, I offer my sympathies to the loved ones left behind, and join them as we hold our heads up in pride to honor their heroes—America's heroes—for their sacrifice and their service."

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