More than 700 IAFF members have just finished practicing for the 2010 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Observance tomorrow in Colorado Springs.

Pipes and drums, flag bearers, presenters, bell teams and readers went through the routine multiple times while the sun beat down on them all day. They come from all over North America. But even early this morning it looked like they all had been marching together and conducting this ceremony together all their lives.

Families of the fallen watched and etched names from the Wall of Honor throughout the day. Kids from the school across the street came over to watch.

What they all saw was lots of moving parts, but everyone heading in just the right direction.

Whoever said it, it’s true — of all the meetings, conferences and events the IAFF holds, the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Ceremony is the most meaningful.