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Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters.
Thursday, May 4, 2023





This year, the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend is taking place on May 6th and 7th in Emmitsburg, MD. That’s when a grateful nation will honor 145 fallen fire service heroes—who were not only firefighters, but were family members, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. To show your support in your community, we urge you to help us to Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters.


The annual Memorial Weekend is the official national tribute to those firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year, and includes a Candlelight Service on Saturday, May 6 and the Memorial Service on Sunday, May 7.  Simply swapping out regular light bulbs for red ones serves as a symbol of support and comfort to the families from across our country whose loved ones are being honored and remembered.


This year, we’ll kick off this multi-night event on May 4th in honor of International Firefighters Day—and will keep lights lit thru the evening of May 7, the day of the Memorial Service. 


As in years past, we are asking landmarks, buildings, families, and fire departments across the country to be part of this national remembrance.


  • YOU can join some of the most iconic buildings and bridges as well as hundreds of fire departments and communities in helping us honor our fallen heroes. 
  • As an example, One World Trade Center in New York City, the Reunion Tower in Dallas, and the LAX Pylons in Los Angeles have joined us to Light the Night for Fallen Firefighters.


We hope that you will join this extraordinary display of recognition. It means so very much to the families of the fallen. Visit to let us know of your participation and please share our attached flyer with your communities.


Contact Donna Clark at [email protected] if you have any questions.



Together, we’ll let the families of the fallen know that we will never forget.




About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. The mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, provide resources to assist their families in rebuilding their lives and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.












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