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Watch the 2018 Flag Raising at the National Memorial
Watch the 2018 Flag Raising at the Memorial in preparation for the 2018 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend on October 6-7,2018.
95 Fallen Firefighters to Be Honored at National Memorial on Sunday, October 8
The U.S. Fire Service will pay tribute to the lives of 75 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2016 and 20 firefighters who died in previous years during the 36th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, October 8, 2017.
The service begins at 10:00 a.m. (ET) at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland and is open to the public. During the service, a bronze plaque bearing the names of the fallen will be officially added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. These firefighters also will be remembered in a special Candlelight Service on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. (ET).
Just prior to Memorial Weekend, leaders of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus will help launch the annual memorial weekend tribute. It was 25 years ago that Congress passed legislation creating the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) as the only national organization to honor all fallen firefighters – career, volunteer, military, wildland and contract – and to offer support to their families.
Members of the Caucus will present 95 American flags flown over the U.S. Capitol to the NFFF during a brief ceremony in the Gold Room of the Rayburn Building on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. (ET). The flags will be displayed in the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel until the service on Sunday when they will be presented to the survivors.
“Firefighters possess an extraordinary blend of courage and compassion which allows them to willingly face tremendous risks to help those in need,” said Chief Dennis Compton, Chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board of Directors. “The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial is a testament to the ultimate sacrifice made by these brave men and women. All who visit the memorial throughout the year pause to honor these firefighters and reflect on the courage, sacrifice and strength of their survivors.”
More than 5,000 people, including families, friends, members of Congress, Administration officials and firefighters are expected to attend on Sunday. Firefighter Honor Guards and Pipe & Drum units from across the U.S. will participate in this national remembrance.
NFFF provides live satellite feed and streaming of ceremonies along with video of events for downloading courtesy of VISTA Worldlink and WUSA9.com. For a complete list of fallen firefighters being honored and a widget to display their information on your website go to http://weekend.firehero.org. There you will also find Memorial Weekend streaming information, videos, photos, and satellite coordinates.
For more information about the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, go to weekend.firehero.org. For information about Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters go to www.bellsacrossamerica.com.
U.S. Landmarks to Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters
As dusk turns to dark during the first weekend of October, more than 30 iconic buildings and landmarks across the country will glow in respect to the fallen and their survivors for Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters.
Join a Nationwide Tribute for Fallen Firefighters
You can be part of a national tradition to honor the memories of firefighters who died in the line of duty and show your support for their survivors.
Flags Raised Over the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Honor Guard volunteered their time for two days to prepare the flags for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, October 7-8.
A National Tribute to 112 Fire Heroes
On October 9, 2016, 112 firefighters who died in the line of duty were officially honored at the 35th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
» Full Coverage of the National Tribute
» Watch the Candlelight & Memorial Services
Inclement weather forces National Fallen Firefighters Candlelight Service to move to new location
It will be held next door to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the National Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the Basilica of the Daughters of Charity.
Congressional Flag Presentation Honors Nation’s Fallen Firefighters
Leaders of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus will present 112 American flags for families being honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.
112 Fallen Firefighters to be honored at National Memorial on Sunday, October 9
Join the U.S. Fire Service in honoring the lives of 79 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2015 and 33 firefighters who died in previous years during the 35th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, October 9.