During the Weekend, members of the fire service can honor America’s bravest and participate in a number of activities. You can pay your respects to America’s fallen fire heroes and their families in a number of ways.
Honor Guard, Bagpipe Units, and Fire Service Escorts
Honor Guard, Bagpipe Units and fire department members who would like to be Family Escorts must pre-register in order to participate in the Memorial Weekend.
More Information & Registration: Family Escorts | Honor Guards and Pipe Band Units
Departments of Firefighters Being Honored
We recognize that firefighters who lose a fellow firefighter in the line of duty grieve too. We want you to be part of the weekend activities.
If you are not already participating as an Honor Guard/Pipe Band member or Fire Service Escort, department members are encouraged to attend special sessions for co-workers on Saturday morning. Small group sessions give co-workers an opportunity to share their experiences and make lasting connections. Sessions are also available for family members of co-workers.
Departments of fallen firefighters, escorts, and honor guard/pipe band unit commanders will receive additional information about lodging and scheduled events.
Attend the Candlelight and National Memorial Services
Both the Candlelight Service and National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service are open to the public. However, if weather or other factors prohibit holding the Candlelight Service outdoors at 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 2, 2021, it will be limited to the families of the fallen firefighters due to indoor space limitations. The Memorial Service begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, October 3, 2021.
Parking is at Mount St. Mary’s University along Route 15 and ride the shuttle buses to the campus. Plan to arrive at the parking area at least an hour ahead of time as you will need to go through a security checkpoint on campus.
Red Helmets Ride
All bikers are invited to participate in this show of support for America’s fallen fire heroes and their families. Bikers will stage at the Anne Arundel County Fire and Rescue Headquarters and the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Department. The police escorted ride to the National Emergency Training Center, home of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, will show your support for the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters. A brief wreath laying service will take place at the National Monument.