Fallen Firefighters Day is Moving to May

Fallen Firefighters Day is Moving to May

Posted by Hayley Adams on Apr 27th 2023

National Fallen Firefighters’ Day has been commemorated in early October for more than 40 years. But did you know that starting this May all that is set to change? The Fallen Firefighters Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1987, has decided to move this memorable holiday to May starting in 2023. This year the Memorial Weekend will take place May 6th and 7th!

What is Fallen Firefighters’ Day?

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) sponsors a tribute every October (now every May) in recognition of all firefighters who died in the line of duty the previous year. The memorial weekend is hosted each year at the National Firefighter’s Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Throughout the year, as brave firefighters are lost in response to emergencies, the details of their service are reported to the United States Fire Administration. Once received, the U.S.F.A. then immediately posts a notice on the grounds of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Those whose circumstances meet certain criteria may also be specifically honored at the ceremony on National Firefighters' Memorial Day.

Why Did They Change the Date?

According to NFFF, a combination of weather uncertainties and the frequent threat of an October federal government shutdown is behind the move of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend from its traditional October date.

No matter what day the holiday falls, the meaning stays the same. It is a time to remember firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty and celebrate their heroism.

Why is Fallen Firefighters’ Day Important?

Firefighters have always been a staple of American communities. They are the first line of defense against fires and other disasters. The job is dangerous, but it is also highly rewarding. Firefighters help people in their time of need and make a difference in their community. These brave men and women risk their lives daily to help those in need and often go unrecognized for their efforts.

How Can I Show my Appreciation?

Take the time to thank a firefighter in your community for all they do. Thank them for their service, for keeping you safe, and for always being there when you need them. Let them know how much you appreciate everything they do for you and your community.

As always, don’t forget to fly your American flags at half staff on Fallen Firefighters Day in honor of the fallen firefighters who have bravely served their country! To help show your support, we have a collection of supportive firefighter flags, like the Thin Red Line flag available to fly along with with your American flag.

We must never forget those who have fallen in the line of duty in America.