Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that flags will be at half-staff to recognize National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend this Sunday.
“Often the first on scene during an emergency, our firefighters risk their lives every single day in the name of protecting our communities,” DeSantis said in a statement. “The selflessness and sacrifices of these brave men and women cannot be understated.
“To honor these brave men and women, and in observance of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day, I hereby direct the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings, installations, and grounds throughout the State of Florida from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Oct. 6.”
Every October, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation “sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year,” its website says.
Congress created the Foundation “to lead a nationwide effort to honor and remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the tax-exempt, nonprofit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers.
“Each October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend activities held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The Weekend features special programs for families and coworkers along with moving public ceremonies.”
The Foundation plans to expand the National Memorial site in Maryland “to create the first permanent National Memorial Park honoring all firefighters. The Park includes a brick Walk of Honor that connects the Memorial Chapel and the official National Monument.”
The Foundation gets its funding through private donations from individuals, organizations, corporations, and other foundations. To make a donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, click here.