Scenes from the 40th annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend

The NFFF, industry leaders and other attendees share photos and videos from Emmitsburg, Maryland

EMMITSBURG, Md. — America’s fallen fire heroes who died in the line of duty were honored at the 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

The names of 215 firefighters recognized at this event will become a permanent part of the National Memorial in honor of their sacrifices. This year's event includes honorees from both 2019 and 2020, as the Memorial Weekend was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

Following are scenes shared by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, industry leaders and other attendees of the Memorial Weekend events.



More about the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park is located on the campus of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, 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 contain 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 the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the historic Memorial Chapel to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.

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