SANTA FE (KRQE) - Thousands gathered to honor the 19 firefighters killed more than a week ago while battling an Arizona wildfire.
The main memorial in Arizona is sparking other services across the country, including one in Santa Fe.
Photos: Stunning firefighter loss in Arizona
Firefighters from across New Mexico and community members gathered in mass at the Santa Fe Community College.
In Arizona, they were expecting about 20, 000 people for the memorial and they did not have enough seats. So, hubs like Santa Fe are also hosting a live feed of the memorial all to honor the 19 men of the Granite Mountain Hotshots from Prescott, Arizona.
The men were recently in New Mexico fighting alongside local crews in the Thompson Ridge Fire.
All but one man in their crew died just over a week ago fighting a fire outside of Yarnell, Arizona when the winds suddenly shifted.
People Monday want to honor those men.
"We have such a close coo relation between the Santa Fe Fire Department and Prescott Fire Department and the job they do and the job we do," Jan Snyder, Assist. Fire Chief, said. "There are moments like this where we need to come together and kind of remember what happened on those days so we can reflect and honor those 19 great men and move forward."
The Arizona memorial begins at 12 p.m. Monday.
Governor Susana Martinez is in Arizona to attend the memorial in person.
The day the firefighters died was the deadliest day for U.S. firefighters since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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