If you're wondering why your friends and neighbors are putting red light bulbs in their porch lights and other lights around their property, keep reading.

Every year, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation holds a week-long "Light The Night" memorial in honor of fallen firefighters across the country. (9/27-10/4) People are encouraged to change the lightbulbs in their porch lights and other exterior lighting fixtures to red ones as a tribute to those who "run in, while others run out."

Many Firestations will participate and, across the country, landmarks and businesses will also be lit with red lighting along with all the private homes and properties. A message posted at firehero.org, reads:

OUR MISSION IS TO HONOR AND REMEMBER AMERICA'S FALLEN FIRE HEROES, TO PROVIDE RESOURCES TO ASSIST THEIR FAMILIES IN REBUILDING THEIR LIVES, AND WORK WITHIN THE FIRE SERVICE COMMUNITY TO REDUCE FIREFIGHTER DEATHS AND INJURIES.

You read in the news all the time about fires however you never read about the firefighters themselves. The training they go through. Their efforts to help their communities. The dangers they face. In addition to being burned or having buildings fall on them, there are hidden dangers like the toxic and cancer-causing agents they must routinely expose themselves to. They don't do it for fun or money, they do it because they answer a higher calling.

They absolutely do not get the thanks or accolades they deserve so, let's all do this one small thing these last few days of the week to remember the fallen, give respect to their families and show current firefighters our admiration and appreciation.

To donate to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, click here.