National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
The National Fallen Firefighters Monument
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Constructed in 1981, the 7-foot stone monument features a sculpted Maltese Cross, the traditional symbol of the fire service. An engraved plaque on the monument bears a message from President Ronald W. Reagan. At the base of the monument an eternal flame symbolizes the spirit of all firefighters -- past, present and future. Plaques encircling the monument list the names of the men and women of the fire service who have died in service to their communities since 1981. Whenever a firefighter dies in the line-of-duty, fire officials post a notice of the death at the monument and lower flags at the site to half-staff.

Each year, America honors its fallen fire heroes during a National Memorial Service at the monument site. The ceremony includes the placing of a Presidential Wreath at the monument and dedication of a plaque honoring those who died in the line-of-duty during the previous year.

A Wall of Honor is now in place around the monument. The first plaque was placed on the Wall with the names of firefighters who died in the line-of-duty during 2004.

A brick Walk of Honor® winds through the beautiful campus, connecting the monument site to the historic National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel.

Roll of Honor Plaques
Roll of Honor from Previous Years 1981-2008 1981 Roll of Honor 1982 Roll of Honor 1983 Roll of Honor 1984 Roll of Honor 1985 Roll of Honor 1986 Roll of Honor 1987 Roll of Honor 1988 Roll of Honor 1989 Roll of Honor 1990 Roll of Honor 1991 Roll of Honor 1992 Roll of Honor 1993 Roll of Honor 1994 Roll of Honor 1995 Roll of Honor 1996 Roll of Honor 1997 Roll of Honor 1998 Roll of Honor 1999 Roll of Honor 2000 Roll of Honor 2001 Roll of Honor September 11, 2001 Roll of Honor 2002 Roll of Honor 2003 Roll of Honor 2004 Roll of Honor 2005 Roll of Honor 2006 Roll of Honor 2007 Roll of Honor 2008 Roll of Honor 2009 Roll of Honor 2010 Roll of Honor 2011 Roll of Honor 2012 Roll of Honor