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Preparations underway for firefighter memorial service

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

This is one of those times when so many people want to do something anything, anything to show how much they care. The local rotary club has a flag program, and what better use for the flags than lining the procession route outside Reliant stadium?

"We thought it would be a great idea to bring our flags out of respect for our fallen heroes." said Jim Craig.

Inside Reliant Stadium preparations are in full swing. Thousands of additional chairs are needed, as well as a stage. They've even brought in fire trucks from the stations that suffered the heartbreaking losses. Attendance guesses are just that, guesses nobody really knows how many people will show up. It's open to the public after all. But we do know this. We know that a whole lot of firefighters will attend, not just Houston and Houston area firefighters but five thousand from around the country will be on hand. Hundreds more out of town firefighters will be here manning local fire stations so our firefighters can go mourn. For example 150 firefighters from San Antonio have paid for their own transportation, lodging and meals for the opportunity to work for free...

"If it happened in San Antonio I know that Houston would be first in line to help us out.. as they have before when there have been hurricanes, Katrina, Rita. We help each other out." said Nathan Alonzo with the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association.

It has been an emotional four days since the tragic fire at the Southwest Inn and the memorial service promises to be be gut wrenching. With that in mind the Astros offered a welcome distraction. They wore special patches and offered free tickets to firefighters, both local and national as well as their immediate family members.. but before the game, they held a moment of silence, just to let them know they are indeed appreciated..

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