Memorial Weekend

40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
October 2 – 3, 2021

Every October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year.

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.

National Memorial Service
Photo by Dan Gross for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Candlelight Service
Photo by Bill Green for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Family Day
Photo by Jenni McClelland, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Family Welcome
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

Candlelight Service
Photo by Bill Green for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Family Day
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

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

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

National Memorial Service
Photo by Dan Gross for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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

National Memorial Service
Photo by Dan Gross for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Arlington National Cemetery – Wreath Laying
Photo by Bill Rowe 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

Arlington National Cemetery – Wreath Laying
Photo by Bill Rowe for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Family Welcome
Photo by Bill Green for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Family Day
Photo by Jenni McClelland, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Returning Family Dinner
Photo by Bill Green for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

National Memorial Service
Photo by Jenni McClelland, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

National Memorial Service
Photo by Bill Rowe for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Candlelight Service
Photo by Bill Rowe for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Family Day
Photo by Jenni McClelland, 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

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

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Be Part of the 2021 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
2020 Roll of Honor

2020 Roll of Honor

Read the 2020 Roll of Honor to learn more about the firefighters who died in 2019 and in previous years who will be honored.

2020 Roll of Honor

2021 Roll of Honor

Read the 2021 Roll of Honor to learn more about the firefighters who died in 2020 and in previous years who will be honored.

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 September 26 – October 3, 2021.

Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters 2020

Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters

Bells will ring from as a grateful nation pauses on October 4, 2020 to honor firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2019 and previous years.

America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters (2020)

Our volunteers, staff and Board of Directors evaluated many options to continue the tradition of gathering in front of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial this October. While we are disappointed to postpone the 2020 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend events, it is important to know that the nation’s fallen firefighters will not be forgotten. On October 4, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation broadcasted a National Tribute to honor America’s Fallen Firefighters.

» Read More About the Firefighters Who Were Honored «

Read More About America's Tribute to Fallen Firefighters

  • Adapt, Improvise, Overcome – Honoring Fire Heroes in the Time of Covid - Emmitsburg, Maryland was calmer than it should rightly have been on Saturday evening, October 3, 2020. What should have been a bustling National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend was instead a quieter time, as COVID-19 forced the cancellation of our official memorial events. » READ MORE
  • COVID-19 Does Not Stop Us from Honoring Our Nation’s Fallen Firefighters - On Sunday, October 4, at 10:00 am EDT, the lives of 82 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 21 firefighters who died in previous years will be remembered in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s production of America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters. This 45-minute special will be available to watch on www.firehero.org and through the NFFF’s social media platforms. » READ MORE
  • Ring Out in Support for Fallen Firefighters and Their Families - Even during these extraordinary times, we find comfort and hope in coming together to support one another. This fall, communities can join us for the tribute to firefighters who died in the line of duty while protecting our neighborhoods. During this annual tribute, communities, faith congregations, and fire departments ring their bells on the weekend of the national tribute for fallen firefighters. » READ MORE
  • Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters to Shine Bright in 2020 - Even though we cannot be together in Emmitsburg this fall for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, it is more important than ever to show our Fire Hero Families and firefighters that we will always honor and remember our nation’s heroes. The Foundation invites individuals, communities, organizations, landmarks, and fire departments to join us for Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters. » READ MORE
  • 2020 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend Update - Our volunteers, staff and Board of Directors evaluated many options to continue the tradition of gathering in front of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial this October. While we are disappointed to postpone the 2020 Memorial Weekend events, it is important to know that the nation’s fallen firefighters will not be forgotten. On October 4, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will broadcast a National Tribute to honor America’s Fallen Firefighters. » READ MORE
  • The NFFF is Working Closely with its Partners to Make a Determination on the 2020 Memorial Weekend - Many of you may be wondering how this will impact the 2020 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend on October 3-4, 2020. At this time, no decision has been made. » READ MORE

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