On Saturday, October 5, there will be 10am rehearsal of the Honor Guards and Pipe Bands in preparation for the Sunday National Memorial Service. All Honor Guard personnel are requested to be in attendance for the morning rehearsal. There will also be a mid-day rehearsal of all Honor Guards.
On Saturday, honor guard members can also 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.
On Sunday morning, October 6, honor guard members will join 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.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation invites your Honor Guard Unit or Pipe Band to register to participate during the 32nd Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend on October 4 - 6, 2013, 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 2012 and those who died in previous years and were reported to the Foundation in 2012.
On-campus housing requests will be acted upon with priority being given to those departments having a fallen firefighter being honored in 2013. Departments who do not have a firefighter being honored are responsible for making their off-campus lodging arrangements and paying all associated expenses.
For more information on the 2013 Memorial Weekend, visit our website at weekend.firehero.org. If you have any questions, please contact Eric Nagle at (301) 447-1431 or by email at email@example.com.
Be a part of the continuing tradition to kick off 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 3, 2013. For further information, please contact Amy Beechler at Amy.VAhonorguard@aol.com .
In support of the 2013 National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Weekend, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire & Rescue Department Honor Guard invites Honor Guards to participate in a Sea of Blue at Reagan National Airport for the arrival of the United States Honor Flag on Friday October 4, 2013. For further information, please contact Dave Hathaway at firstname.lastname@example.org
Honor Guard registration will take place on Friday afternoon and evening at Mt. St. Mary's University Knott Arena from 3pm - 10pm. You will be issued your credentials to access the Memorial Weekend events at this time.
There will be an 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 12pm.
On-campus housing is available for up to four members for departments who have a fallen firefighter being honored in 2013. 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.
Regrettably, due to budget cuts, the Foundation again will not be providing meals this year. A meal ticket will be available for purchase to eat in the campus dining hall for the Friday evening meal, all three meals on Saturday and for breakfast and lunch on Sunday. We will provide more information on distribution of the full meal ticket before the Memorial Weekend.