I am heading up to Emmitsburg tomorrow to get ready for the 2011 Memorial Weekend of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. I know I will see some of you there before the week is out. Those who won't be joining us in person can still help pay tribute to the 89 firefighters whose names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on Sunday.
Probably one of the most effective ways to get involved is to help increase the awareness of Memorial Weekend. You can start by making sure your fire department's website, your personal website or blog and the websites for your local news media are part of the FireHero Network by carrying the live streaming of Saturday's Candlelight Service and Sunday's Memorial Service. It is simple to do. Click here for the details. This is the fifth year the services have been live on the Internet. The worldwide audience tripled last year thanks to the scores of websites that joined the network.
Another way is to contact your place of worship about participating in Bells Across America for Fallen Firefighters. It's a wonderful program that gets the public involved in remembering the fallen. Read about it here.
You will be able to follow the weekend events through social media. NFFF has a team of firefighters on campus in Emmitsburg who will be providing pictures, video and details from the entire weekend via Facebook and Twitter. Please help us keep the fire service and the public informed by sharing and Retweeting.
For the second year, the Virtual Remembrance Banner is available for anyone to pay tribute to a fallen firefighter or share a special memory of Memorial Weekend. It’s a wonderful way for family, friends and others who can’t be in Emmitsburg to have a connection to the events.
This year VueTOO.com is providing the NFFF Memorial Weekend Foundation Ops Page. This will provide the various information streams from NFFF on one screen. It includes the live streaming, Memorial Weekend website, FireHero.org website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Click here to check it out.
There is a lot of other information about events and the firefighters who are being remembered that you can find on the Memorial Weekend website.
Of course we will have the live coverage from Memorial Weekend right here on STATter911.com. My wife, WTOP Radio's Hillary Howard and I are once again honored to host the two telecasts. Please join us either in person or on your computer.