Thanks to the state’s firefighters, businesses and residents, the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation has raised more than $700,000 to build the new Fallen Firefighter Memorial on the State Capital grounds.
Since 1881, 208 Minnesota firefighters have died in the line of duty. Their names have been inscribed on columns throughout the nationally recognized memorial, located on the south side of the Capitol grounds.
The memorial service is held each year on the last Sunday in September, which has been designated as the state’s official day to honor Minnesota’s fallen firefighters. This year’s event will recognize dozens of people, including newly discovered line-of-duty deaths and families the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation was able to track down since the 2012 memorial dedication.
The foundation coordinates the effort to recognize the state’s firefighters who died in the line of duty and provides support and resources to fire departments, firefighters and their families throughout Minnesota.
During the 2013 Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service, families of fallen firefighters who haven’t yet been honored in a public ceremony will receive a Minnesota State flag that has been flown over the State Capitol.
The day begins with a non-denominational prayer service, from 10:45 to 11:30. At noon, honor guard personnel will read the honor roll.
Starting at 1:45 p.m., families will enter the Capitol grounds through a sea of uniforms, and be escorted to their seats. At 1:58 p.m., bells across Minnesota will ring to honor the state’s fallen firefighters. The service begins at 2 p.m., and is scheduled to conclude at 3:30, when family members and the public are welcome to spend time within the Fallen Firefighter Memorial and make etchings of their loved-one’s name.
Firefighters from across the state are expected to attend in order to show support for their fallen colleagues and the families they left behind.
This event is free, but please register so the Foundation can plan accordingly. Register now by Register now by clicking here: