PHOTOS: Boston's 126th Memorial Service Honors Fallen Firefighters

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The 126th annual Memorial Service was held in Boston on Sunday morning to honor firefighters who have passed away.

The service was presented by the Charitable Association of the Boston Fire Department and the Veteran Firemen's Association. The ceremony is held annually on the second Sunday in June at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain.

The Fireman’s Lot at the Forest Hills Cemetery dates back to the 1800s. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said it was designed as a sacred ground to ensure our firefighters have a meaningful place to rest.

“It tells the story of one of America’s oldest fire departments, and the best fire department in the United States,” Walsh said.

The last firefighter to die in the line of duty and to be buried at the cemetery was Michael Kennedy, who passed away five years ago.

“We honor all of our firefighters who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty by making sure that they’re never forgotten,” Walsh said.

The ceremony began with the singing of the National Anthem and a moment of silence.

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WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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