The 28th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend takes place this weekend at the NFA. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Fire Administration are conducting the 28th annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend this weekend, October 2-4, 2009. A plaque with the names of 103 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2008 will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, located at the National Fire Academy campus. The names of 19 firefighters who died in previous years will also be added. The plaques surrounding the Memorial, which was established in 1981, will contain the names of more than 3,300 firefighters.

The names of those fallen firefighters being honored at the memorial are posted HERE.

For the third year in a row, will bring to you live coverage on the web of the events from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Weekend, October 3 to October 5. 103 firefighters who died in 2008, along with 19 who died in previous years, will be honored in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Take a moment out of your schedule and participate in this solemn memorial honoring our brother and sister firefighters who died in the Line of Duty. Watching the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Weekend service will leave an indelible impression upon you going forward. Its’ all about trying to do our jobs better, being a bit safer, understanding the risks and implementing the appropriate measures to address the incident demands we most often are confronted with.

Remember, We may love the job of firefighting, BUT there are those that love- US.

Remember who they are and what it takes to ensure that we do go home after those calls and shifts. This weekend, honor those who did not have the opportunity to make it back home, for their sacrifice and for the honor they have bestowed upon this great profession of the Fire Service and for the legacy that they have left behind to their survivors.

You can tune here to to watch the Candlelight Service on Saturday evening and Sunday's Memorial Service.

Live Video Broadcast of the Services:
» Candlelight: Oct. 3, 2009 - 6:15 - 7:30 pm
» Memorial: Oct. 4, 2009 - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Latest info posted from FFN and Firerescue Magazine for Webcast of the services:

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We had some folks go last year and they are still talking about it. They were very impressed with the whole ceremony. One of our guys was recognized at that time. He suffered a heart attack only a few hours after returning from an overturned tanker semi where he was treated on the scene for heat exhaustion. I was unable to go but from what I have heard and the pictures that I have seen, I would recommend anyone go to this.
Even if it to just observe, anyone who is able, should witness this event at least once. Pictures and videos cannot truly illustrate how well planned and choreographed this weekend event is. Over the last several years, I and my Honor Guard have had the privilege of participating and had looked forward to attending this year. However, economics prevented our participation.

I will be at the station, and have invited all members and employees to come up Saturday night and again on Sunday morning to watch the live stream. It would be great if one day there wasn't a need for this service, but until then, our continued presence there, is a source of great comfort for the friends and families of those that have paid the ultimate price, to help others.
I hear it is UNREAL how much preparation and time goes into this. I agree that it would be nice to never have to have this service but as long as there are those who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, there will always be a service to honor them.

Stay safe brothers and sisters
I had the great fortune to attend the NFA in 07. I arrived the day of the ceremonial just hours after it ended. Unfortunately I was unable to secure travel to attend the ceremony that year but hope to in the years to come.
Each day during my 2 weeks there I stopped by the Memorial. Then on my first Saturday I took the time to take pictures of the memorial and of each plague. Then I saw it, the name of a friend of mine that we all lost. I'm not sure how long I sat there and cried on that humble ground but I can say each time I talk about the Memorial or watch the live feed I feel those tears welling up again.
If you can't attend the ceremony, take the time to watch the live feed. And make it goal to travel to Emmittsburg & see that Memorial even if it's just once in your lifetime! You will not regret it and you will walk away a changed person, that I guarantee..

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