About the Memorial Weekend

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.

New & Returning Families

The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend features special programs for families and co-workers, along with public ceremonies. This special Weekend will honor the service and sacrifice of your loved one and the other firefighters being honored this year. New families will have the opportunity to meet returning families from across the country, share experiences, make lasting friendships, and begin to look ahead.

Through private donations, the Foundation provides lodging and meals for immediate next-of-kin of firefighters being honored and assists with travel expenses. This allows family members to participate in the public tributes, and in Family Day sessions conducted by trained grief counselors.

Anyone whose firefighter was previously honored at the National Memorial is also welcome to attend the Memorial Weekend. There are events planned for our returning families and many opportunities to volunteer. Returning famlies are the best source of support for family members attending the Memorial Weekend for the first time.

The Fire Service

Members of the fire service make the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend a special time for the families of our fallen heroes.

We recognize that firefighters who lose a fellow firefighter in the line of duty are survivors, too. We want you to be part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend activities. You have the opportunity to serve as a Fire Service Escort to the family of your fallen firefighter.

Family Escorts represent the fire service family and create a lasting impression. The escorts who have accompanied families to weekend events in the past describe it as an unforgettable experience. Families also tell us how much it means to them to have a member of their loved one’s department escort them during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.

Families arrive at the Memorial and are escorted through a “Sea of Blue” leading to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Uniformed fire service personnel line the Walk of Honor® in honor and support of our families.

The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend is a time for sharing and healing for the families and co-workers of our fallen firefighters. Representatives from Honor Guard and Pipe Band Units participate as part of this solemn tribute and commemoration of your loved ones. Many families have told us how much they appreciate the honor bestowed upon their loved ones at the National Tribute.