Next weekend members of the Wake & District Public Safety Pipe Band will be traveling to Emmitsburg, Maryland to attend the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation memorial weekend to honor those brave souls who gave their lives in service.
Constructed in 1981, the 7-foot stone monument features a sculpted Maltese Cross, the traditional symbol of the fire service. An engraved plaque on the monument bears a message from President Ronald W. Reagan. At the base of the monument an eternal flame symbolizes the spirit of all firefighters — past, present and future. Plaques encircling the monument list the names of the men and women of the fire service who have died in service to their communities since 1981. Whenever a firefighter dies in the line-of-duty, fire officials post a notice of the death at the monument and lower flags at the site to half-staff.
Each year, America honors its fallen fire heroes during a National Memorial Service at the monument site. The ceremony includes the placing of a Presidential Wreath at the monument and dedication of a plaque honoring those who died in the line-of-duty during the previous year.
A Wall of Honor is now in place around the monument. The first plaque was placed on the Wall with the names of firefighters who died in the line-of-duty during 2004.
A brick Walk of Honor® winds through the beautiful campus, connecting the monument site to the historic National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel. Chapel.
For more information on the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the good deeds they do please visit their website @ www.firehero.org
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