As a tribute to the firefighters who risk their lives to keep Canadians safe, today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced the formal establishment of Firefighters’ National Memorial Day on Friday.
The second Sunday in September of each year will now be designated in memory of firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty. On that day, the Canadian flag will be half-masted on all federal buildings and establishments.
Firefighters’ National Memorial Day will commemorate their courage, their selflessness, and their unwavering commitment to serving our communities.
“In honour of Canada’s fallen firefighters and on behalf of their families, we are truly grateful for the proclamation to name the second Sunday of every September, the date of our annual ceremony, as ‘Firefighters National Memorial Day.’ Captain Robert Kirkpatrick, president of the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation said. “We sincerely appreciate the efforts of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister Ralph Goodale who have demonstrated our government’s appreciation of the sacrifice and commitment of firefighters in this country, and what they do for their local communities.”
The first Firefighters’ National Memorial Day will be Sunday. September 10.