Firefighters Wall of Memories

Honouring the Memory of Firefighters

Firefighters Wall of Memories at Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery

Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery will honour firefighters again this fall.

Firefighters rush into danger to protect Canadians’ safety, welfare, and property. They are often the first to arrive at the scene of an emergency, and they are pillars of our communities. Arbor believes it’s time we honour firefighters - in fact, it’s our honour to do so.

For the second year running, Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery in Ottawa invites Canadians to submit the names of fulltime firefighters, volunteer firefighters, and firehall administrators who were beloved by their communities.

Each name submitted by September 15, 2019, will be added to the Firefighters Wall of Memories. This dedication is entirely free of charge as our way of saying thanks.

The names will be inscribed and unveiled to the public on October 20, 2019. We welcome the entire Ottawa community, young and old, to attend the day’s events. Last year, at the first unveiling, we hosted the chief of Ottawa’s fire department, the Retired Ottawa Firefighters Association (ROFFA), the Byward Brigade band, several dignitaries, and fantastic antique firetrucks. There was a sombre dedication as well, with a bell rung in memory of every fallen firefighter. You can see a gallery of photos from the event below.

This year’s  event is also set to be incredible – keep an eye out for the ad in the Ottawa Citizen!

A Little History

The staff at Capital first envisioned the Firefighters Wall of Memories after sponsoring another monument that was erected at Ottawa City Hall. Capital has a long-standing relationship with firefighters in the community, and we realized that, while veterans are honoured in Canada’s cemeteries, there are no similar dedications to firefighters. Yet these brave men and women also risk their lives for Canadian residents every day. It was time to plan.

We began the monument design process early, selecting beautiful and durable black marble and engraving a firefighters emblem at the top. Word spread quickly in Ottawa as friends encouraged each other to put forward the names of firefighters who had made an impact on their communities during their lifetime. The response was widespread and deeply moving. Clearly the dedication was a long time coming.

Today’s Wall of Memories

Today, the Firefighters Wall of Memories stands tall amid the trees of Capital’s Nature Walk in a beautiful and honourable position. We can think of no better place for it than the national capital. Every day, Canadians in the Ottawa area walk this forest path for contemplation and make the side trip from the cemetery’s nearby Tranquility garden to pay their respects to firefighters.

The staff at Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery plan for new name inscriptions to be added every year for as long as Canadians continue to submit them. If you would like to honour a beloved firefighter or firehall administrator, we invite you to visit our submissions page and provide their name and rank for inscription. There are no limits based on citizenship or location. We wish to emphasize that this dedication is free of charge. Firefighters do so much for us every single day. It’s Arbor’s turn to give back.