Memorial Weekend

National Remembrance of Fallen Firefighters Moves to May Starting in 2023

National Remembrance of Fallen Firefighters Moves to May in 2023

As we prepare for Memorial Weekend 2022 in October we’re looking ahead to next year and the start of a new National Fallen Firefighters Foundation tradition. Beginning in 2023 Memorial Weekend moves to May.


2022 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

41st Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
October 8 – 9, 2022

Every October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

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About the Memorial Weekend

The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend is a time for sharing and healing for the families of our fallen firefighters.

2021 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

Attending Memorial Weekend

For New Families This special Weekend will honor the service and sacrifice of your loved…

Landmarks Lit for Firefighters

Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters

Light your landmarks, fire departments, and homes in red during Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters on October 2 – 9, 2022.

Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters 2020

Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters

Bells will ring from as a grateful nation pauses on October 9, 2022 to honor firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2021 and previous years.

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Learn More About the Firefighters Honored
2021 Roll of Honor | 2020 Roll of Honor

 

Download the 2021 Remembrance Book

2021 Remembrance Book

Watch the 2021 Services:

» Candlelight Service
» Memorial Service

It’s Good to Be Back

Following a year of reduced, postponed, and virtual events brought on by the COVID pandemic, the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend marked its 40th anniversary October 2-3 by returning to an in-person event in Emmitsburg, Maryland, honoring 215 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2020 and 2019 and in previous years.

Thanks to All Who Made the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend 2021 a Reality

Thank you to the American Fire Service and everyone who volunteered to make the 2021 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend a reality for the families of the nation’s fallen firefighters. It was the first in-person national firefighter or police memorial service held since 2019!

National Memorial to Honor Fallen Fire Heroes

America’s fallen fire heroes, who died in the line of duty, were honored at the 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, October 2-3, 2021. The names of 215 firefighters became a permanent part of the National Memorial in honor of their sacrifices.

Candlelight Service
Photo by Bill Green for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
National Memorial Service
Photo by Jenni McClelland, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Arlington National Cemetery - Wreath Laying
Photo by Bill Rowe for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
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"My son and I are in awe of what you and the people at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation were able to accomplish for so many families."

Returning Family Dinner
Photo by Bill Green for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Arlington National Cemetery - Wreath Laying
Photo by Bill Rowe for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
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"I couldn’t even ask for my beautiful service it was absolutely perfect, and the weather was perfect, and all the volunteers were awesome."

National Memorial Service
Photo by Dan Gross for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Family Welcome
Photo by Bill Rowe for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
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"Receiving the folded flag for my little brother was such an honor."

Family Day
Photo by Bill Rowe for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Returning Family Dinner
Photo by Bill Green for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Family Welcome
Photo by Bill Green for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
National Memorial Service
Photo by Jenni McClelland, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Arlington National Cemetery - Wreath Laying
Photo by Bill Rowe for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Arlington National Cemetery - Wreath Laying
Photo by Bill Rowe for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
National Memorial Service
Photo by Jenni McClelland, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
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"I was there to honor my hero Todd Lanthrip this year. Very touching services. Thank you, NFFF, for what you do for us that’s left behind."

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"This was an amazing experience and one that I will never forget, I wouldn't change a thing. It made my heart very happy!!"

National Memorial Service
Photo by Bill Green for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Candlelight Service
Photo by Bill Green for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Family Welcome
Photo by Bill Rowe for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
National Memorial Service
Photo by Bill Rowe for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Candlelight Service
Photo by Bill Green for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Candlelight Service
Photo by Bill Rowe for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Red Helmet Ride
Photo by Bill Rowe for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
National Memorial Service
Photo by Bill Rowe for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
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"Everyone made this the most impactful event of my life and I am so grateful."

Family Welcome
Photo by Bill Green for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Family Day
Photo by Jenni McClelland, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
National Memorial Service
Photo by Jenni McClelland, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
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"I was deeply moved by the support and love from the firefighters at the airport when we arrived at the hotel and the wonderful staff of NFFF. Thank you for all you do."

Family Day
Photo by Jenni McClelland, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Candlelight Service
Photo by Bill Green for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Arlington National Cemetery - Wreath Laying
Photo by Bill Rowe for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Returning Family Dinner
Photo by Bill Green for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Family Day
Photo by Jenni McClelland, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
National Memorial Service
Photo by Dan Gross for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Learn More About the Firefighters Honored This Year
2021 Roll of Honor | 2020 Roll of Honor

Watch 2021 Candlelight Service

Watch Hero Tributes