EMMITSBURG (AP) — Nine men who died fighting a northern California wildfire last year will be remembered today during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

The annual ceremony on the grounds of the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg honors firefighters who died in the line of duty. Family members and co-workers from around the country will watch as a plaque bearing the names of 103 firefighters who died in 2008 and 19 from previous years is added to the white stone monument on the mountaintop campus.

“The fire service is honored and humbled to memorialize these fallen heroes and show our sincere appreciation for the sacrifices made by those they left behind,” Dennis Compton, chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, said in a prepared statement.

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