CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The eyes of the country were on Charleston Friday. Thousands of mourners gathered to honor the nine firemen who died in the line of duty Monday. This official day of mourning in Charleston began with a procession of fire trucks. Dozens drove past city firehouses and the scene of the deadly warehouse fire before they arrived at the memorial service. Thousands of firefighters from around the country came to mourn the Charleston nine. Firefighters are bonded by profession and, today, by grief. Nine caskets, nine photos. Nine firefighters killed when the roof of a burning furniture store collapsed as they searched for someone they thought was trapped. Amazing grace was played by the New York City Fire Department Emerald Society. The same pipes and drums that played at funerals for firefighters killed September 11. A number of firefighters from our area were in Charleston Friday. About 20 men and women from Wilmington and New Hanover County met early Friday morning to travel together to the memorial service. They were part of the bigger brotherhood showing its respect. Wilmington firefighter Tom Robinson said, "It's a brotherhood that unites that comes together for these particular events." The memorial service is for all nine fallen firefighters. The remaining six funerals will be next week. As you drive around town, you may notice that some fire stations are flying flags at half staff while others are not. We've had a few viewers write in asking why that is. It depends on whether the fire house is volunteer or is run by the government.
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