Sunday, September 30th marks the dedication and memorial service of a site to honor of fallen firefighters from across the state.
On Sunday, September 30, over 4000 people will gather on the State Capitol Grounds to dedicate a monument to the memory of all Minnesota firefighters who have given their lives in the line of duty. Fittingly, this special day is also Minnesota’s annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day.
The lives of over 206 Minnesota firefighters who died in the line of duty will be forever remembered by having their names inscribed on the columns of the memorial, which will be located on the south side of the Capitol Grounds.
Each firefighter’s family will receive a Minnesota state flag that has been flown over the Capitol, as a special personal acknowledgement of their service and sacrifice.
This special day was made possible through the work of the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation’s efforts to create a larger, more accessible memorial site to honor fallen firefighters, with the previous memorial being located at Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport. Their hard work and the contributions of thousands of Minnesotans led to the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation raising over $600,000 and making the dream of this memorial a reality.
(More than 4,000 people, including families of Minnesota firefighters who died in the line of duty, Governor Mark Dayton and statewide fire officials, will gather on the State Capitol grounds 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, to dedicate the newly installed Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial. The day is Minnesota’s recently designated Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day.
Since 1881, 206 Minnesota firefighters have died in the line of duty. Their names will be inscribed on columns throughout the memorial, located on the south side of the Capitol grounds. As part of the memorial dedication, each firefighter’s family will receive a Minnesota State flag that has been flown over the State Capitol.
In 2011, the Minnesota Fire Service Foundation launched an initiative to move the Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial from the baggage claim area at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport and create a larger, more accessible and interactive memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol. The new memorial will give families, friends, co-workers and community members a permanent location to pay tribute to these men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Fire Service successfully raised $600,000 to fund the memorial through donations from the public, Minnesota businesses and, primarily, from the state’s firefighting community.
The ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2012 beginning at 2:00 pm at the State Capitol grounds and will last just over two hours. For more information please visit the Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Association website.