Fire departments, places of worship, community organizations and individuals from coast to coast will join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in this poignant tribute as part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
"The ringing of bells has a powerful meaning to firefighters. Not only do bells signal the beginning or end of a call, they also were used to notify department members that one of their own had died while serving the community," explained Chief Ronald Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. "At the beginning of the Memorial Service on Sunday, October 6, the bells at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel in Emmitsburg will ring to honor the memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2012. We are encouraging firefighters across the country to invite their places of worship and community organizations to join us with their own tribute to all our fallen heroes."
The moment of remembrance can occur at any time during October 5 or 6. Fire department representatives are encouraged to work with local clergy and community leaders to develop an appropriate tribute. Some suggestions include: ringing chapel bells, a moment of silence, a brief prayer, a hymn, or tolling a ceremonial bell by members of the fire department.
Hundreds of fire departments, places of worship and other groups participated in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters over the past two years. For more information about participating and to download sample invitation letters, press release and response form, please visit www.BellsAcrossAmerica.com.