National remembrance of fallen firefighters moves to May starting in 2023
Memorial Weekend 2022 will be last one held in October

EMMITSBURG, MD – As we prepare for Memorial Weekend 2022 in October we’re looking
ahead to next year and the start of a new National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF)
tradition. Beginning in 2023 Memorial Weekend moves to May.

A combination of weather uncertainties and the frequent threat of an October federal government
shutdown is behind the move of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend from its
traditional October date. NFFF Board chairman Troy Markel said, “As with everything NFFF
does, the priority is making sure we do right by the families of the firefighters we’re honoring.”
This move does not impact this year’s ceremony. The 2022 Memorial Weekend is still scheduled
for October 8 and 9.

The change means 2023 Memorial Weekend will be May 6 and 7. While the time of year for the
Candlelight and Memorial Services changes, our other four decades long traditions will continue.
Chairman Markel said, “Removing some of the uncertainties we’ve faced with the October date
will help avoid distractions as we focus on honoring the brave men and women who made the
ultimate sacrifice.”

As always, the public can help support these heroes, their families, and the Memorial Weekend