As we navigate these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued uncertainty it presents, we are cancelling the 2020 California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony and instead will have a California Firefighters Memorial Tribute for 2020 in lieu of an in-person ceremony. Ensuring the safety of all friends and family is of utmost importance.
As part of the 2020 California Firefighters Memorial Tribute, names of loved ones will still be engraved on the Memorial Wall for 2020 at California State Capitol Park, Sacramento. In addition, a commemorative video tribute that embodies the honor, courage, duty, and sacrifice of California firefighters we have lost in the line of duty will be created. The video will be available to view on the California Fire Foundation’s website, via our social media channels and will include footage of the Memorial Wall on September 26th, 2020.
The deadline for accepting completed Memorial Wall Applications for the 2021 California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony is May 1, 2021. To submit an application for the 2021 Memorial Ceremony, CLICK HERE to access the Memorial Wall application. In addition to a completed application, supporting documentation verifying the firefighter death was a line-of-duty death must be submitted.
If you have questions, please contact California Fire Foundation Senior Program Manager Sara Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF THE 2019 CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL CEREMONY
Watch the 17th Annual California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony, held on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at the California Firefighters Memorial in Capitol Park, Sacramento, California
17TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL LIVESTREAM
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, to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate price to keep us safe.
CLICK HERE to see the names that were added to the Memorial Wall in 2019.
CLICK HERE for more detailed information on this year’s Memorial.
You can find photos from the ceremony by going to cafirefoundation.org/memorialphotos
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