The sound of a bell holds special significance for firefighters. Historically, the toll of a bell summoned members to the station, signaled the beginning of a shift, notified departments of a call for help, and indicated a call was completed and the unit had returned to the station.
Departments sounded a series of bells when a firefighter died in the line of duty to alert all members that a comrade had made the ultimate sacrifice. This time-honored tradition continues today during the funerals or memorial services for firefighters.
Host or partner with other organizations to hold a moment of remembrance any time during the 2014 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, October 11 and 12. Once you have established your event for Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters program please let us know by filling out the participant form. We will place your event on our 2014 Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters map.
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For the forth year, bells will ring from coast to coast as a grateful nation pauses on Sunday, October 12, 2014 to honor those firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2013 and previous years. Fire departments and their places of worship will join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) for the Fourth Annual Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters, part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is asking communties, fire service organizations, and religious organizations to help us honor our fallen firefighters by participating in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters. A moment of remembrance can occur at any time during Memorial Weekend, October 11 & 12. Fire department representatives are encouraged to work with their clergy and community leaders to develop an appropriate tribute.
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