For New Families

This special weekend will honor the service and sacrifice of your loved one and the other firefighters being honored this year.

The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend is different than other memorial services you have attended. You will have opportunities to meet other families of fallen firefighters from across the country so that you can share experiences, make lasting friendships, and begin to look ahead.


Travel and Lodging

Immediate Family Members

The Foundation will provide meals at designated locations for family members of those being honored. These include a welcome dinner on Friday, all Saturday meals, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Other Family Members and Friends

Click here to find local lodging near the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend activities.


Meals

The Foundation will provide meals at designated locations for family members of those being honored. These include a Welcome Dinner on Friday, all Saturday meals, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.


Family Schedule

Friday, October 5, 2018

Travel Day

Family Hotel Complex
If you arrive by plane, train, or bus, local firefighters will meet you and take you to your hotel. This service is available for immediate family members only.

Family Registration

Family Hotel Complex
All family members need to register for the Memorial Weekend when they arrive at the family hotel.

Family Activities

Family Hotel Complex

  • Create a luminary bag, which will be used during the Saturday evening Candlelight Service.
  • Shop for keepsakes in the Foundation store, conveniently located near the family hotel.
  • Relax with a gentle massage, make a memory box, or play a board game while fire service clowns entertain children of all ages.
  • Make a rubbing of your firefighter’s name on the bronze plaque.

Welcome Dinner and Orientation

Family Hotel Complex
Join other families of firefighters being honored this weekend for a welcome dinner and a brief overview of what to expect.


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Family Registration

Family Hotel Complex
If you did not register on Friday, Registration will be open from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the family hotel.

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Family Day Activities

Family Hotel Complex & NETC Campus

  • Sign the Remembering Banner.
  • Place a rose and light a candle for your fallen firefighter at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel.
  • Take a walk or tour around the beautiful campus.
  • If you did not have a chance to decorate a luminary bag on Friday, you can do this on Saturday morning.
  • Shop for keepsakes at the Foundation store, located near the National Memorial.
  • Make a rubbing of your firefighter’s name on the bronze plaque located in Building B.

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Family Lunch

Family Hotel Complex
Lunch for families will be served at the Family Hotel Complex.

Red Helmet Ride

NETC Campus
Before dinner, you can watch the parade of bikers riding in tribute to the fallen firefighters. A brief wreath-laying service will take place at the national monument.

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Family Dinner

NETC Campus Dining Hall
Dinner for families and fire service escorts will be served in the campus dining hall.

Candlelight Service
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Families describe this beautiful evening service as a highlight of the Weekend. Talented survivors and firefighters provide music, and a candle is lit in honor of each firefighter being honored.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sea of Blue

NETC Campus
When you arrive on campus, members of the fire service will stand at attention in your honor as you pass through the Sea of Blue.

Memorial Service

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
This public ceremony is the official national tribute to America’s fallen firefighters, and including a traditional honor guard and bagpiper procession. During the ceremony, each family receives an American flag. The service concludes with the unveiling of the plaque listing the names of the honored fallen fire heroes.

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