On Monday, April 6, the Maltese Cross and the plaque bearing President Ronald Reagan’s signature were returned to the iconic centerpiece in Emmitsburg, MD. They were removed from the monument during the winter for restoration. They were cleaned and a special sealer was applied to make them more weather resistant.
The Memorial was erected in 1981 and is surrounded by plaques listing the names of the men and women of the fire service who have died in the line of duty. At its base, an eternal flame symbolizes the spirit of all firefighters — past, present and future. 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.
You can view the Memorial any time through the Memorial Live Web Cam.