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Remembering the fallen: People flock to Prescott to say their goodbyes

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Remembering the fallen: People flock to Prescott to say their goodbyes

By Guy Atchley. CREATED Jul 9, 2013

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - When we asked people for their feelings on the 19,  they've responded that words would not begin to convey what they feel.

A giant American flag welcomed the family of firefighters from all over the world.

They walked past long lines of hotshot trucks with names like Silver City, Mormon Lake and Smokey Bear.

They came to honor 19 of their own. Whose faces and names adorned the outside of the Prescott Valley arena.

But there is the extended family, or at least people who feel like it. People who just wanted to say "thank you."

They came as Americans, as Arizonans. Mothers and daughters, fathers and sons

Families grieving for families, not afraid to cry for the men of honor, commitment and sacrifice.

The mourners wore purple ribbons, tattoos and t-shirts. Carried signs and flags, promising never to forget.

And everywhere, that number: 19. Hand over heart, holding each other close.

Promising to remember how 19 men died for them.

The ultimate reminder that this is the home of the free because of the brave.

Their courage forever symbolized by 19. Nineteen heroes, 19 men of inspiration for our future.

Guy Atchley

Guy Atchley

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Guy Atchley is celebrating 30 years in Tucson at KGUN 9 On Your Side. He anchors the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 PM newscasts every weekday and enjoys sharing his photography with viewers.