September 18, 2021 • ​ Colorado Springs, Colorado


We strongly recommend that all participants be fully vaccinated to attend. If you are not vaccinated, we strongly recommend that you wear a mask and socially distance.

Located in the shadow of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, the Memorial honors the sacrifice made by IAFF members who have given their lives in the line of duty.

At this year’s memorial service, the IAFF will add 458 fallen fire fighters from the United States and Canada to the Wall of Honor. Due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of an in-person 2020 event, all 2020 honoree families have been invited to attend the 2021 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial where our fallen members will receive proper recognition.

We continue to monitor COVID-19 risks and are in constant communication with City of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Local 5 leadership to prepare for an in-person event this year.

2020 Wall of Honor

2021 Wall of Honor

All IAFF members are encouraged to wear Class A dress uniforms and to register online. Registration for all attendees is June 1, 2021–September 1, 2021. Make sure to book your hotel and travel before registering.

COVID-19
Please see our COVID-19 Guidance for more information on attending this in-person event. Our members and their families’ health and safety is our number-one priority. We continue to monitor COVID-19 risks and are in constant communication with City of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Local 5 leadership to prepare for an in-person event this year. More information on local COVID-19 updates can be found on the El Paso County Public Health page.

Family Greeting and Hotel Transportation
Beginning Wednesday, September 15, the IAFF and members of Colorado Springs, CO Local 5 will staff a Family Greeting and Hotel Transportation Center at the Colorado Springs Airport to direct you to your hotel shuttle and provide any needed assistance. The Family Greeting and Transportation Center will be located outside the secure area on the baggage claim level.

Information and Transportation Center
The Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Information and Transportation Center will be located in the main lobby at The Antlers Hotel and Hotel Eleganté. IAFF and members from Colorado Springs Local 5 will assist with any of your transportation needs, including shuttles to the Memorial site, restaurant transportation and return to Colorado Springs airport shuttles, as well as any needed assistance and information. The Information and Transportation Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Wednesday-Friday; on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; and from 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. On Saturday, shuttles to the Memorial site will begin at 8:30 a.m. at 20-minute intervals; shuttles back to the hotel will begin at the conclusion of the Memorial service. The last shuttle to the Memorial will be at 10:30 a.m. to ensure that everyone is at the park for the start of the service.

Due to higher demand, please allow additional time for shuttle service.

IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Office
The IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Office is located in Summit Ballroom I and II, just off the lobby area of The Antlers Hotel. IAFF staff will assist you and answer questions regarding Memorial activities.

IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Registration
Registration for all family members and IAFF members will begin on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in the Heritage Ballroom of The Antlers Hotel and the Grand Ballroom 1 at Hotel Eleganté. At registration, each family member will be provided with credentials and an information packet. Family members are asked to provide proper pronunciation of their loved one’s name for the readers.

IAFF Honor Guard and Pipe Band
The Honor Guard and Pipe Band will meet on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at a location to be determined. The meeting will provide details regarding the events leading to the Memorial service and address Honor Guard and Pipe Band participation at the service, including the presentation of the IAFF flag. On both Friday and Saturday, Honor Guard and Pipe Band practices will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Memorial site, with Honor Guard-only shuttles departing for the site at 7:00 a.m. All meetings and practice sessions require mandatory attendance by ALL members of the Honor Guard and Pipe Band.

Family and Escort Informational Video
A Family and Escort Informational Video will be posted online at www.iaff.org/fffm21. This video will provide the family and their IAFF local representative with specific information about the Memorial service, including seating assignments and details regarding the individual presentation of the IAFF flag.

Memorial Site Information
The IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial, located in the shadow of Pikes Peak, honors the sacrifice made by IAFF members who serve as professional fire fighters and emergency medical personnel who have given their lives in the line of duty. The Memorial is lit at night. Colorado Springs Fire Explorers will provide tracing paper and pencils to trace names from the Wall of Honor. Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Wall Diagram

Directions to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial
From Southbound I-25: Take the Bijou Street exit East to Cascade Avenue. Turn right on Cascade (South) to Pikes Peak Avenue. Turn left on Pikes Peak (East) and continue to Hancock Avenue.

From Northbound I-25: Take Cimarron Street exit (Highway 24) East to Wahsatch Street. Turn left (North) on Wahsatch to Colorado Avenue. Turn right on Colorado Avenue (East) and continue to Hancock Avenue.

The IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial is located on the corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and Hancock Avenue. Turn right (South) on Hancock and then left into the first park entrance.

Wednesday, September 15

8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

IAFF Office

Summit Ballroom I and II, The Antlers

8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.

Family Greeting/Hotel Transportation

Colorado Springs Airport

8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.

Family Welcoming Center

Main Lobby, The Antlers and Hotel Eleganté

9:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Shuttles to Memorial Site

Main Lobby, The Antlers and Hotel Eleganté

2:00–7:00 p.m.

Registration

Heritage Ballroom, The Antlers and Grand Ballroom 1, Hotel Eleganté

 

Thursday, September 16

8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

IAFF Office

Summit Ballroom I and II, The Antlers

8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.

Family Greeting/Hotel Transportation

Colorado Springs Airport

8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.

Family Welcoming​ Center

Main Lobby, The Antlers and Hotel Eleganté

9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

Registration

Heritage Ballroom, The Antlers and Grand Ballroom 1, Hotel Eleganté

9:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Shuttles to Memorial Site

Main Lobby, The Antlers and Hotel Eleganté

4:00–6:00 p.m.

Mandatory Honor Guard Meeting

To Be Determined

 

Friday, September 17

 7:00 a.m.

Honor Guard Shuttle to/from Memorial Site

Main Lobby, The Antlers and Hotel Eleganté

8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

IAFF Office

Summit Ballroom I and II, The Antlers

8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.

Family Greeting/Hotel Transportation

Colorado Springs Airport

8:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.

Family Welcoming Center

Main Lobby, The Antlers and Hotel Eleganté

 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Mandatory Honor Guard Practice

FFFM Site

9:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

Registration

Heritage Ballroom, The Antlers and Grand Ballroom 1, Hotel Eleganté

9:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Shuttles to Memorial Site

Main Lobby, The Antlers and Hotel Eleganté

 

Saturday, September 18

6:00–9:30 a.m.

Carryout Breakfast Available

Heritage Ballroom, The Antlers and
Grand Ballroom, Hotel Elegante

7:00 a.m.

Honor Guard Shuttle to Memorial Site

Main Lobby, The Antlers and Hotel Eleganté

8:00 a.m.

Mandatory Honor Guard Practice

FFFM Site

8:00–11:00 a.m.
2:30–5:00 p.m.

IAFF Office

Summit Ballroom I and II, The Antlers

   8:30 a.m.

Family Shuttle to Memorial Service (20-minute intervals)

Main Lobby, The Antlers and Hotel Eleganté

9:00–11:00 a.m.

Family Welcoming Center

Main Lobby, The Antlers and Hotel Eleganté

11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Memorial Service

FFFM Site

Following Ceremony

Shuttle to Hotel
(20-minute intervals)

FFFM Site

 

Sunday, September 19

 4:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Gray Line Shuttle to Airport

Main Lobby, The Antlers and Hotel Eleganté

 4:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Transportation Center

Main Lobby, The Antlers and Hotel Eleganté

Directions to the Memorial

The IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial is located at 1315 E Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80909 – on the corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and Hancock Avenue. ​

See it on Google maps.

From Southbound I-25: Take the Bijou Street exit East to Cascade Avenue. Turn right on Cascade (South) to Pikes Peak Avenue. Turn left on Pikes Peak (East) and continue to Hancock Avenue. Turn right (South) on Hancock and then left into the first park entrance. The IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial is located on the corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and Hancock Avenue.

From Northbound I-25: Take Cimarron Street exit (Highway 24) East to Wahsatch Street. Turn left (North) on Wahsatch to Colorado Avenue. Turn right on Colorado Avenue (East) and continue to Hancock Avenue. Turn right (South) on Hancock and then left into the first park entrance. The IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial is located on the corner of Pikes Peak Avenue and Hancock Avenue.

Flights

IAFF members attending the 35th IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Observance on September 18, 2021, should fly into the Colorado Springs Airport (www.flycos.com). An IAFF transportation system will be operating from the Colorado Springs Airport with shuttle service to select hotels.

  • The IAFF does not provide transportation to the Denver Airport
  • The IAFF does not provide transportation to hotels other than those listed below
  • The IAFF does not provide transportation to AirBnB or VRBO rentals, private homes, campgrounds, RV parks or dispensaries

The alternative airport is Denver International Airport, which is approximately 75 miles from Colorado Springs. Car rentals and taxis are available, as well as the Groome Transportation shuttle, which operates from Denver Airport to Colorado Springs Airport.

Visit www.groometransportation.com for schedules and pricing.

The IAFF has contracted with the following major airlines to provide airfare discounts:

Air Canada – FVDB4KQ1
Go to aircanada.com and enter their promotion code in the search panel.

Delta – NMUS7
Go to delta.com and enter the promo code for the special discounts for IAFF members or call the Delta Meeting Network at 1-800-328-1111 and refer to the Meeting Event Code.

United – ZJT5190596
Go to united.com/meetingtravel or call the United Reservations Meetings Desk at 1-800-426-1122 and enter the offer code box to receive your discount.


Hotels

The following select area hotels are for families and IAFF members attending the Memorial Service September 15-19, 2021. IAFF room blocks for The Antlers, Hotel Eleganté and Hilton Garden Inn Downtown are available only to family members of the 2020 and 2021 honorees at this time. To book a hotel room on behalf of a family being honored, please only book one room per family. We reserve the right to cancel reservations that are made at multiple hotels.

The IAFF will provide shuttles from the hotels listed below (see the Hotel Map for proximity to Memorial):

The room block for The Antlers and Hotel Eleganté is open September 16, 17 and 18.

The Antlers (Host Hotel)
4 South Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 955-5600
Rate: $178/night USD plus taxes

Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center
2886 South Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 576-5900
Rate: $137/night USD plus taxes

The room block for the Hilton is open September 17 and 18 only.

Hilton Garden Inn – Downtown
125 N. Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Rate: $269/night USD plus taxes

To reserve a room email: [email protected]
1. First and last name
2. Hilton Honors number (if applicable)
3. Desired dates of stay
4. Room Type (king or 2 queen beds)
5. Phone Number


Additional Hotels

Best Western Executive Inn & Suites
1440 Harrison Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80905-4002
(719) 576-2371

Courtyard by Marriott
2570 Tenderfoot Hill Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 226-5006

Double Tree by Hilton
775 East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 576-8900

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott
2725 Geyser Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 576-1717

Hampton Inn & Suites I-25 South
2910 Geyser Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 884-0330

Holiday Inn Express
105 N. Spruce Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
(719) 424-4300

La Quinta Inn & Suites – South/Airport
2750 Geyser Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 527-4788

The Mining Exchange
8 S. Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 323-2000

Quality Inn South
1410 Harrison Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 579-6900

Residence Inn by Marriott
2765 Geyser Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 576-0101

For additional hotels in Colorado Springs, visit www.visitcos.com/colorado-springs-lodging.

An alternative to a hotel is Airbnb: www.airbnb.com


Car Rentals

  • Hertz (800) 654-2240; Discount Code: CV022Q9339
  • Alamo (888) 826-6893
  • National (888) 826-6890
  • Avis (719) 586-2751
  • Budget (719) 597-1271
  • Enterprise (719) 591-6644

Who Can Participate
All IAFF affiliate Honor Guards and IAFF Pipe and Drum Bands are again invited to participate in the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Observance in Colorado Springs, Colorado. IAFF Honor Guard Commander Bruce Brown will serve as the U.S. West Coast Coordinator, IAFF Honor Guard Deputy Commander Brent Jones will serve as the U.S. East Coast Coordinator and IAFF Honor Guard Deputy Commander John Sobey will serve as the Canadian Coordinator. Coordinating the Pipe and Drum Band will be IAFF Pipe Major Hunter Schappaugh.

What to Bring
​Any Honor Guard units attending this year’s observance are asked to bring any state/local union flags, department flags and harnesses, and ceremonial pike poles/axes for use during the ceremony. Please mark your equipment to ensure that it is returned to you in the event a member of another local borrows it. Please do not bring any National Colors.

Ground Rules 
To maintain the solemnity of the ceremony and to ensure the quality of the band, the IAFF has established some ground rules. Please click here to review the rules.

Registration Procedures 
All individuals participating in the Memorial on Saturday afternoon are required to register online prior to the event. Please contact the respective IAFF Honor Guard or Pipe/Drum Coordinator below with any questions.

Scheduled Events

  • Mandatory meeting: Thursday evening, September 16, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. at a location to be determined.
  • Mandatory practice: Friday, September 17 at 8:00 a.m. and Saturday, September 18 at 8:00 a.m. (both days are mandatory).

Shuttles to the Memorial site begin at 7:00 a.m. both days from the lobbies of The Antlers and Hotel Elegante. Friday’s practice typically ends by 2:00 p.m.

Contacts 

  • IAFF Honor Guard Commanders West of the Mississippi River:​
    Bruce Brown
    [email protected]
    (714) 651-7004
  • IAFF Honor Guard Commanders East of the Mississippi River:
    Brent Jones
    [email protected]
    (414) 659-3363
  • IAFF Honor Guard Commanders From Canada:
    John Sobey
    [email protected]
    (613) 203-2220; Station (613) 526-1454
  • All Pipers and Drummers:
    Hunter Schappaugh
    [email protected]
    (713) 417-8348

IAFF Pipe & Drum and Honor Guard Website 
The IAFF has developed and maintains a website for information on IAFF member pipe and drum bands and honor guards. The site includes every IAFF-affiliated pipe-and-drum band as well as IAFF-affiliated honor guards that serve state and provincial wide. Contact information is included as well as all music that is played during our memorial service. If you need to update your band or honor guard information or if your band or honor guard is not included, please enter/update your information using the website.

The IAFF will personally contact the families of all fire fighters to be honored in the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Observance. The IAFF will also send information about the Memorial ceremony and accommodations to the families and to the president of the local where the death occurred.

Each family member attending this year’s memorial must register online between June 1 and September 1, 2021, to ensure attendance. For more information or assistance, call (202) 824-8639.

Each pre-registered family member will receive information packets, credentials and reserved seating assignments at the registration offices in The Heritage Ballroom at The Antlers Hotel and in the Grand Ballroom at the Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center in Colorado Springs. Packets will be available beginning Wednesday, September 16, at 2:00 p.m.

With the significant health concerns related to COVID-19 and all the restrictions across the U.S. and Canada, the IAFF Executive Board on May 14, 2020, approved a motion to conduct the 2020 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony without attendees, broadcasting it as a respectful virtual ceremony on September 19, 2020.

Watch the 2020 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial

Media Contact

Contact IAFF Press Secretary Tim Burn for all media inquiries at (202) 824-1556. Media planning to attend the ceremony are encouraged to notify the IAFF at this number.

A pool feed of the ceremony will be available to all media. Multi-boxes will be set up, and other media needs can be accommodated.

Contact Us

IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial
1750 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 824-8639
[email protected]