A message from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation: Memorial Weekend is fast approaching.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Memorial Weekend is October 2 & 3 this year. Recently NFFF Executive Director Ron Siarnicki took a few moments to talk about this year’s ceremony and how you can help honor the 105 firefighters whose names will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland. (Full Disclosure: For those who aren’t aware,  I now do work on media matters for the Foundation.)

Below are links to some of the things Chief Siarnicki mentions, plus a few other NFFF reminders:

Do you have the 2010 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend Tribute Widget on your website?

Honor the firefighters being remembered at this year’s Memorial Weekend by placing this special tribute on your website.  Each day we will feature one of the 80 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2009 along with 25 who died in previous years. Firefighter Close Calls is one of the more than 100 websites and blogs carrying the widget so far. We challenge all firefighters to make sure your department has the widget added to its homepage.
Get the code: http://weekend.firehero.org/widget/  

A Memorial Weekend Tradition Now Online: Sign the Remembrance Banner

The Remembrance Banner is a Memorial Weekend tradition that allows family members to write messages to their fallen firefighters.  Now everyone can pay tribute to a firefighter we have lost with this online Remembrance Banner. Write your thoughts about a relative, friend or colleague who has been honored at Emmitsburg. Also, if you’ve attended or volunteered at a previous Memorial Weekend, share a special memory with us or pay tribute to a fallen hero.
The Virtual Remembrance Banner: http://weekend.firehero.org/remembrance/banner.php 

Hurry – Tickets for the 3rd Annual Firefighter Appreciation Event at Dover’s Monster Mile® Are Going Fast!

Don’t miss out on this special event pre-race celebration and race No. 2 in the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup” at Dover!  For just $99 you get: a race ticket, trackside tour, corporate style hospitality, and special guest appearances.  Proceeds benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Get your tickets today: http://www.doverspeedway.com/nfff10 (Enter Code NFFF10)  

Go To Bat for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation!

Team up with State Farm® and MLB® to support the charity of your choice and you could win a trip for 2 to the 2010 MLB® World Series® ! Simply pick the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) as your charity, play the Go To Bat game online and swing for the fences.
Go to bat for us today: http://www.statefarm.com/gotobat