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Honoring Fallen Heroes
This Weekend, a Tribute to America's Firefighters

Westervelt audio Listen to Eric Westervelt's report.

Westervelt audio Listen to Scott Simon's account of a New York firefighter's funeral.

Flags at memorial

Flags remain at half staff at the National Fallen Firefighters Association memorial.
Photo: Charles Mayer, NPR
Oct. 6, 2001 -- President Bush speaks Sunday at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Md. The President will pay tribute to the 101 firefighters from across the country who died last year in the line of duty. The annual memorial weekend has taken on new significance this year with the death of nearly 350 New York City firefighters at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

NPR's Eric Westervelt visited the Firefighters Memorial last week.

The weekend includes the families and co-workers of the fallen men and women, as well as firefighters from across the country. Grief counseling seminars are offered, and a candlelight ceremony will pay special tribute to the fallen New York City firefighters. Their names, and the names of all those who will have died in the line of duty in 2001, will be added during next year's ceremony.

Kids from around the country recently sent notes, cards, and letters to the NFFF, expressing their grief and sympathy for the New York firefighters. Watch a slideshow of images of those letters as the NFFF's family support specialist Jenny Woodall reads one of them.

Other Resources

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has more information.