Memorial Park

Memorial Park

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, the campus of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland, the home of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, is closed to the public. Pending additional information on this national emergency, we ask for everyone’s patience and understanding.

A grateful Nation honors its fallen fire service heroes at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park located on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The park is located about 90 minutes from Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland.

At the heart of the park, the National Fallen Firefighters Monument is a striking stone monument encircled by plaques listing the names of all members of the fire service who have died in the line-of-duty since 1981. A brick Walk of Honor® connects the National Monument to the historic Memorial Chapel, which houses the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s business office. At the far end of the Memorial Park is the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and To Lift A Nation, a sculpture created by Stan Watts to honor the fire service heroes of September 11, 2001. The plaza and walkway in front of the sculpture contains a brick for every firefighter lost during the attack on the World Trade Center, as well as those firefighters who have died of occupational illnesses since that tragic day.

In 2019, the Walk of Honor® was expanded to connect the National Monument to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. This section of walkway was designated to honor all firefighters who died in the line of duty prior to 1981. An inscribed brick has been placed for each of these firefighters from every state. The addition of this new branch of the Walk of Honor® completes the second phase of a three phase Memorial Park development project expanding the Walk of Honor® to connect theNational Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the historic Memorial Chapel to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. An unveiling of this special section will be held in the Spring of 2020.

The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park located on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) at 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. Normal visiting hours are sunrise to sunset daily.

Since the park is located on federal property, changes in security levels may affect visiting hours. Please call 301-447-1000 for current information. Anyone entering the NETC campus is required to show valid photo identification that meets REAL ID Act standards. Security guards will issue a pass and direct visitors to available parking.


Attention: Foreign National Visitors to the NETC Campus – All foreign nationals must be vetted through the FEMA Office of the Chief Security Officer Administrative and Special Security Branch prior to being permitted access to NETC. Foreign nationals needing assistance in gaining access to the NETC should contact Merril Sollenberger, NETC Special Events Coordinator at two months prior to your anticipated visit.

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National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

The Memorial was designated by Congress in 1990 as the official monument to all fallen firefighters in the United States.

The Walk of Honor®

The Walk of Honor®

The park features a brick Walk of Honor® that connects the monument, the historic Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel, and plazas.

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel

National Fallen Firefighters
Memorial Chapel

The Chapel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a special place for families of America’s fallen firefighters.

9-11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial – To Lift a Nation

The three-times life-size statue, recreates the now-famous photo of three firefighters raising the American flag at Ground Zero.