WATCH: The 2017 California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony
2017 California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony
In a solemn remembrance steeped in the traditions of the firehouse, hundreds of uniformed firefighters, family members and grateful citizens gathered in the heart of California’s capital Saturday, to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate price to keep us safe.
On Saturday, September 30th, the California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony honored 31 California firefighters who died in the line of duty, adding their names to more than 1,300 inscribed on the brushed limestone wall of the California Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento’s Capitol Park.
View and download photos from the 2017 California Firefighters Memorial HERE
CLICK HERE to see the names being added to the Memorial Wall in 2017.
CLICK HERE to view photos from the 2016 California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony where we remembered those heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep California safe.
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The California Firefighters Memorial is a lasting tribute to the men and women who gave their lives to protect their fellow Californians.
Located on the grounds of the California State Capitol in Sacramento, this stunning memorial depicts the heroism of the profession and the anguish felt when a firefighter falls in the line of duty.
A Fitting Tribute
The centerpiece of the California Firefighters Memorial is a stunning brushed limestone Memorial Wall with the names of more than 1,300 California firefighters who have died in the line of duty since 1850.
The Memorial Wall is framed by two bronze statues depicting firefighters in action. One statue — Holding the Line — features four firefighters working together. The other — Fallen Brother — shows an anguished firefighter carrying his “fallen brother” away from the flames.
Learn about the Memorial and its history HERE
Find a name on the Memorial Wall HERE
See the complete list of California Firefighters Memorial Wall Names HERE.
The Annual Memorial Ceremony
In the autumn of each year, the California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony honors fallen firefighters and their families, and performs the sad task of adding new names to the Memorial Wall.
The ceremony features a moving uniformed firefighter procession, personal tributes and the presentation of a U.S. flag to the families of those whose names are newly added to the Memorial. The ceremony has become a touchstone for the profession, and a chance for firefighters, families and ordinary citizens to grieve and remember together.
Find out about the Memorial Ceremony HERE