About the Virginia Fallen Firefighters & EMS Memorial Service

History of the Memorial Service

  • This year marks the 22nd Annual Memorial Service and has long been held on the first Saturday in June.
  • The Virginia Fire Services Board established the Memorial Service and enlisted the services of a Memorial Service Committee to plan the annual event. The committee is comprised of representatives from Virginia fire department, survivors, the Office of Emergency Medical Services and the Virginia Department of Fire Programs.
    Honor Guard from across the Commonwealth participate each year, as well as fire departments from across Virginia who display apparatus for the Memorial Service.
  • A reception immediately following the Memorial Service is open to the families, distinguished guests, and the public.

Virginia Fallen Firefighter and EMS Facts

  • For more than 20 years, on the first Saturday in June, firefighters and EMS personnel who have died in the line of duty or have been recognized by the Virginia Line of Duty Act in the previous year, are honored at the Virginia Fire and EMS Memorial Service.
  • With the completion and dedication of the Virginia Public Safety Memorial, names of firefighters who are honored are now also added to the wall of the memorial annually.
  • The annual Memorial Service honors Virginia firefighters and EMS personnel who have died in the previous year, but also the memory of all firefighters and EMS personnel who have perished while on-duty.