How Can My Honor Guard or Pipe Band Participate

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation invites your Honor Guard Unit or Pipe Band to participate during the 37th Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend on October 5 – October 7, 2018, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. On this special weekend, a grateful nation will honor the brave men and women who died in the line of duty during 2017 and those who died in previous years and were reported to the Foundation in 2017.

Memorial Weekend Honor Guard


Registration for members of the Honor Guard and Pipes & Drums to participate in 2018 will be opening soon.

Arlington Wreath Laying

Be a part of the continuing tradition of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Weekend. All fire service personnel are invited to attend the placement of a Memorial Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

Arrival and Credentialing

Honor Guard check-in and credentialing will take place on Friday afternoon and evening at Mt. St. Mary’s University Knott Arena from 1:00 – 11:00 pm. You will be issued your credentials to access the Memorial Weekend events at this time.

Honor Guard Orientation and Rehearsal

There will be a mandatory Honor Guard and Pipe Band orientation meeting in E Building Auditorium for all personnel at 8am. A mandatory rehearsal for honor guard personnel is scheduled for Saturday immediately following this meeting and again at 12:00 pm.

Scheduled Events

On Saturday, honor guard members can be part of the daylong vigil in the National Memorial Chapel. Families will visit the Chapel to place roses in a Maltese Cross on the altar and light candles in honor of their loved ones. Honor guard members can also be part of the Candlelight Vigil on Saturday evening where talented survivors and firefighters provide music, and a candle is lit in honor of each firefighter being honored.

On Sunday morning, October 7, honor guard members will join fire service personnel in a Sea of Blue through which the families will enter the campus. A procession of honor guard and bagpipe units will begin the national tribute.

Lodging and Meals

On-campus housing is available for up to four members with priority being given to those agencies having a fallen firefighter being honored in 2017. Agencies that do not have a firefighter being honored are responsible for making their off-campus lodging arrangements and paying all associated expenses.

Local lodging is also available for these departments as well as other departments but goes fast, please make your reservations at a local area hotel as soon as possible.

If you plan to eat meals on campus, you will need to purchase a meal ticket during the registration process for the Friday evening meal, all three meals on Saturday and for breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Meal tickets purchased during registration will be distributed at Credentialing at the Knott Arena, Mt. St. Mary’s University on Friday, October 5.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Nagle at (301) 447-1431 or by email at [email protected].