America’s fallen fire heroes, who died in the line of duty, will be honored at the 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, October 3, 2021. The names of 215 firefighters will become a permanent part of the National Memorial in honor of their sacrifices.
COVID-related line-of-duty deaths are now a factor in the tribute and will continue to be in the future.
On the evening of Saturday, October 2, the families of America’s fallen firefighters gathered for an emotional Candlelight Service. During the ceremony, a plaque bearing the names of the fallen was added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Today, the Fire Hero Families will participate in the Memorial Service where a grateful nation will honor the sacrifices of their loved ones at the National Memorial.
Eighty-seven firefighters died in the line of duty in 2020. Eighty-two firefighters died in 2019. Forty-six firefighters who died in the line of duty in previous years will also be honored. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will present each family with an American flag flown over the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the U.S. Capitol.
Follow this link to stream today’s events live from Emmitsburg, MD.