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National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend: May 4 – 5, 2024

Each year, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

2024 Memorial Weekend Logo

Paying Tribute

2024 Roll of Honor

Read the 2024 Roll of Honor to learn more about the firefighters who died in 2023 and in previous years who were honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Prepare to Honor The Fallen

Attending Memorial Weekend

Whether you’re a new family honoring a loved one, a returning family, a member of the Fire Service or someone in the community looking to honor those firefighters who died in service, we have all the information you need.

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Memorial Weekend 2024 Timeline of Events

Thursday, May 4, 2023
Friday, May 5, 2023
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Sunday, May 7, 2023
2022 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
Returning Fire Hero Families Arrive
On Thursday, Returning Families begin to arrive and prepare to greet and support new families during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. In the evening, Returning Fire Hero Families gather for special dinner just for them.
2022 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
Fire Hero Families & Fire Service Arrive
Friday is a travel day for many of our new Fire Hero Families and members of the fire service. For the families, events include family registration, family activities, and welcome dinner and orientation. Members of the fire service travel to Emmitsburg to prepare for the tribute to our nation’s fallen firefighters.
2022 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
Family Day & Candlelight Service
Saturday is Family Day during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. Activities include small group sessions, family activities, a vigil in the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel, and a Candlelight Service.
2022 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend
Memorial Service
Thousands honor fallen firefighters during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

We are honored to continue the tradition of gathering in front of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial this May to honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. As part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation invites you to join us in remembering those who died in the line of duty in 2023, and in previous years and honoring their families. Even if you can’t join us in person, there are many ways to honor the fallen and their families and help us spread the word about National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.

NFFF Bell of Remembrance

Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters

Bells will ring from as a grateful nation pauses on May 5, 2024 to honor firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2023 and previous years.

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Landmarks Lit for Firefighters

Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters

Light your landmarks, fire departments, and homes in red during Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters on May 1 – 5, 2024.

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Sound the Sirens

Sound the Sirens

On Sunday, May 5, 2024, at noon, many stations across the country will sound their sirens in honor of the fallen firefighters.

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Sign the Virtual Remembrance Banner

Sign the Virtual Remembrance Banner

Thank you for visiting the Virtual Remembrance Banner! Here you can pay tribute to a fallen firefighter or share a special memorial weekend story. Please …

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Lower the US Flag

Lower the American Flag

You can lower your American flag in observance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

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Issue a Proclamation

Issue a Proclamation

To honor America’s fallen fire heroes, ask your local and state officials to issue a proclamation. Since the Memorial Service begins National Fire Prevention Week, you may want to tie the two events together in the proclamation.

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Remembering America's Fallen Fire Heroes

Each year the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation publishes a remembrance book that highlights the firefighters who are being recognized each year in Emmitsburg at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.  These books give you a glimpse into the lives of these brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice and who will be forever enshrined at the memorial.  Please take a look at not only this year’s remembrance book, but those of the past.

The 2023 Remembrance Book

Watch Hero Tributes

Hero Tribute Playlist
1/25 videos
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Hero Tribute – Wayne B. Bingaman
Hero Tribute – Wayne B. Bingaman
12:09
2
Hero Tribute – Stanford S. Collins Sr.
Hero Tribute – Stanford S. Collins Sr.
13:17
3
Hero Tribute – Scott William Hinson
Hero Tribute – Scott William Hinson
13:23
4
Hero Tribute – Michael Loy Baker
Hero Tribute – Michael Loy Baker
13:52
5
Hero Tribute – Joshua C. Haynes
Hero Tribute – Joshua C. Haynes
07:21
6
Hero Tribute – Riley Daniel Ray Huiras
Hero Tribute – Riley Daniel Ray Huiras
12:56
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Hero Tribute – Michael L. Moody
Hero Tribute – Michael L. Moody
09:47
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Hero Tribute – William J. "Billy" Steinberg
Hero Tribute – William J. "Billy" Steinberg
14:23
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Hero Tribute - Max Fortuna
Hero Tribute - Max Fortuna
13:43
10
Hero Tribute – Stephen Sunday
Hero Tribute – Stephen Sunday
09:23
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Hero Tribute – William R. Wimberly Jr.
Hero Tribute – William R. Wimberly Jr.
13:10
12
Hero Tribute – Kurt W. Keilhofer
Hero Tribute – Kurt W. Keilhofer
16
13
Hero Tribute – Chadwick Jacob Mittleider
Hero Tribute – Chadwick Jacob Mittleider
12:01
14
Hero Tribute – Jose A. Negrete
Hero Tribute – Jose A. Negrete
11:08
15
Hero Tribute – James Perrine Seavey Sr.
Hero Tribute – James Perrine Seavey Sr.
13:35
16
Hero Tribute – Austin Garrett Smith
Hero Tribute – Austin Garrett Smith
11:33
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Hero Tribute – Kenneth Kelly “Ace” Cameron
Hero Tribute – Kenneth Kelly “Ace” Cameron
11:04
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Hero Tribute – Brian C. Busch
Hero Tribute – Brian C. Busch
06:45
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Hero Tribute – Brendan Luis Torres
Hero Tribute – Brendan Luis Torres
11:03
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Hero Tribute – James M. Ludlum
Hero Tribute – James M. Ludlum
10:01
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Hero Tribute - Keith G. Rankin
Hero Tribute - Keith G. Rankin
05:37
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Hero Tribute - Kenneth M. Lemanski Jr.
Hero Tribute - Kenneth M. Lemanski Jr.
06:32
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Hero Tribute - James C. Bissonette
Hero Tribute - James C. Bissonette
05:58
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Hero Tribute - Ryan Leif Erickson
Hero Tribute - Ryan Leif Erickson
08
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Hero Tribute - Jason T. Smith
Hero Tribute - Jason T. Smith
12:28

Scenes From Memorial Weekend 2023

2023 National Fallen Fire Fighters - Memorial Service
2023 National Fallen Fire Fighters - Candle Light Service

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