The impact of the government shutdown on Memorial Weekend has changed the starting time of Saturday's Candlelight Service honoring our nation's fallen firefighters. The service will now begin at 4:00 pm Eastern Time. It is being held this year at the Daughters of Charity Basilica in Emmitsburg, Maryland, because of the closing of the National Emergency Training Center campus where the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial is located.
There will be no change in the start time of Sunday's Memorial Service at PNC Sports Arena on the campus of Mount St. Mary's University. That will begin, as previously announced, at 10:00 am Eastern Time.
Saturday's annual Red Helmet Ride will go on as previously announced. The ride will start at 11:00 am Eastern Time from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department in Millersville, Maryland, then head to the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company in Walkersville, Maryland to meet more riders. From there they will go to the Wyndam Hotel in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where the survivors are staying. A wreath-laying ceremony and special presentation will be held at the hotel.
For more information, go to http://weekend.firehero.org/.