"May God bless you all, and may God bless firefighters everywhere...." Those words were spoken by Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, a mere nine days after swift winds and rapidly moving flames claimed the lives of nineteen elite firefighters. Tens of thousands gathered in Prescott, Arizona, to mourn and remember... "How wonderful is it to know Arizona was home to such a good group of men, who we honor here today,” said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. “They were 19 men who deserved the honor of being a part of the Granite Mountain Hotshots." Vice President Biden addressed the crowd and told them the memories of those fallen, will live on forever. "No words, no acts, can fulfill the void left in your hearts. But the spirit of your husbands, your brothers, your sons, they will live on forever in each and every one of you. " But on a day filled with kind words from political dignitaries and firefighters alike, the words of the lone survivor of an elite unit overrun by the flames resonated deepest in an arena packed with the family and friends of those who were lost. An emotional Brendan McDonough recited "The Hot Shots Prayer." "For if this day on the line, I should answer deaths call, Lord bless my hot shot crew. My family, one and all. “There’s an old saying,” said Biden. “All men are created equal, and then a few become firefighters."