COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Governor Mike Parson has ordered both the Capitol dome and the Governor's Mansion to be lit red in honor of fallen firefighters and ahead of National Fire Prevention Week.
The buildings will be lit red starting at sunset Sunday, Sept. 27 and will remain lit every night until Saturday, Oct. 3.
“As part of Missouri’s Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters commemoration, we proudly honor firefighters who gave their life in service to their community. The sacrifices they made, and that firefighters everywhere continue to make, will never be forgotten,” Parson said in a press release. “As we see the challenges these brave men and women are facing across the country, we must also remember the importance of fire safety and understand that fire prevention is a job for all.”
In that same press release, State Fire Marshal Tim Bean said, “Lighting the Capitol dome and Governor’s Mansion red is a fitting tribute to their sacrifices and reminds the public of the importance of fire safety in everything we do throughout the year.”
Pictures will be available on the Governor's Flikr. It also encourages those who take pictures of the capitol to share them using the hashtag #LightTheNight.
The lighting of the buildings also coincides with the annual memorial weekend of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
The state will hold its own virtual memorial service for Missouri’s fallen firefighters on Oct. 11.