This weekend, October 6th and 7th, is the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Weekend. There are many events planned for this weekend in Maryland at the National Fire Academy, but there are many ways to participate for all of those who are unable to make the trip.
Locally, we will be hosting a ceremony at KFD Station 1 at 130 Island Street, Kingsport, TN 37664. This ceremony will be in coordination of the Bells Across America program by the NFFF. This is the second year since they launched the program and last year they had over 100 departments participate. The ceremonies usually consist of the ringing of the bell, a moment of silence, prayer, or another type of way to remember those firefighters who passed away last year. If you attend our ceremony in Kingsport, it will begin around 3PM and dress either Class-A uniform or semi-formal. We have a Facebook event created here.
Rhett Fleitz, FireCritic.com, and Willie Wines, IronFiremen.com, are travelling up the assist with the services. They will be helping with the social media side of things, and if you haven’t followed their sites, you are missing out. I consider both of them very good friends, and I look up to both of them in many ways. They are a constant reminder of how Brotherhood is still alive. Click the links above and check out their sites.
I have not been able to travel to the NFA yet, but I plan on trying to attend within the next couple of years. For now, I will be following along with the live webcast of the services throughout the weekend. 83 firefighters will be honored at the Memorial Weekend. They died in the Line of Duty last year, and the least we can do is watch the services and participate in a few of the programs the NFFF has for us this year.
Listed below are the times that the programs will be streaming live on ModelCityFirefighter.Blogspot.com.
Candlelight Service Broadcast: Saturday, October 6, 2012 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time (Streaming Begins at 6:00 p.m.; Service Begins at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time)
Memorial Service Broadcast: Sunday, October 7, 2012 9:30 am – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
(Streaming Begins at 9:30 a.m.; Service Begins at 10 a.m. Eastern Time)