PORTLAND — Members of the Portland Fire Department, community leaders and local benefactors held a groundbreaking this morning for the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial that will be installed on the west lawn of the Central Fire Station.

“This is both a day of excitement and of solemn feelings,” said Deputy Fire Chief David Jackson, chairman of the committee that helped make the memorial a reality. The memorial, a black granite obelisk, will be inscribed with the names of the 20 Portland firefighters known to have died in the line of duty since 1903.

After the memorial is installed and dedicated in the spring, residents and visitors will be able to access it from Congress Street.

The ceremonies were attended by more than 100 people including family members of those firefighters who have died, local leaders and public safety workers from Portland and surrounding communities.