C9 Memorial Event

Remembrance Ceremony

The Charleston Fire Department will commemorate the anniversary of the loss of 9 Charleston Firefighters at 7 p.m. on June 18th.  The ceremony will be conducted at the Charleston 9 Memorial Park, 1807 Savannah Highway. Members of the fire service and our community are welcome to attend.

Schedule

  • Family members may arrive any time prior to 7 p.m. Families of the fallen and members of the CFD, past and present, will be seated in the tented area and will receive priority seating.
  • Uniformed personnel from outside agencies should arrive by 6:30 p.m. and check in with the CFD member located at the Alpha/Delta corner of the memorial park.
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
  • Members from the Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team, counselors from Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center, and members from the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy will be on site to offer support.
  • Media interviews will only be conducted at the park from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Ceremony

  • Between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Honor Guard members will escort family members to the seating area.
  • At 7 p.m, uniformed members will proceed to an assembly area under the direction of the Honor Guard.
  • The National Anthem
  • Invocation
  • Opening remarks
  • Remarks
  • Roll call of the fallen
  •  Benediction
  • Drums and Pipes
  • Dismissal - CFD Honor Guard
  • Time of reflection throughout the site

Parking

  • Parking in the area is very limited and we encourage carpooling.
  • The memorial park parking lot along Savannah Highway will not be available.
  • Limited parking is available off of Wappoo Road adjacent to the bike trail.

Standing Watch

  • CFD personnel will initiate a watch at the flagpole of the park starting at midnight and continuing for the 24 hours of June 18th.  
  • Uniformed personnel outside of the CFD interested in participating in the 24 hour watch may contact Battalion Chief David Griffin at griffind@charleston-sc.gov for additional information and opportunities to participate.   
  • Those participating in watch should note the following instructions:
    1. Watch schedule will be broken into 30 minutes increments.
    2. Uniform will be Class A.
    3. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time.
    4. Relieving guards assemble at the front gate at attention.
    5. When the relieving guards assemble at the front gate, the standing guards will also come to attention at the flag pole.
    6. Relieving guards march in unison to the flag pole where the standing guards are stationed.
    7. The relieving guards and the standing guards will salute with a four count up and a four count down.
    8. Once all guards have ordered arms, the standing guards will march to the front gate in unison while the relieving guards position themselves at the flag pole.  The relieving guards now become the standing guards until they are relieved. 
    9. When standing guard, remember to be at parade rest with hands in front of your body, left over right hand.