H.Res. 729: Expressing support for designation of a "National Firefighters Memorial Day" to honor and celebrate the firefighters of the United States

H.Res. 729

Expressing support for designation of a "National Firefighters Memorial Day" to honor and celebrate the firefighters of the United States

Sponsor
Rep. Ted Poe

Date
October 29, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 729 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) on September 10, 2009.

 

Bill Summary

H.Res. 729 would resolve that Congress:
• "Urges the President to designate a day as ‘National Firefighters Memorial Day' to commemorate Federal, State, and local firefighters killed or disabled in the line of duty; and
• "Calls upon the people of the United States to observe such a day with appropriate ceremonies and respect."

Background

According to the resolution's findings, President Harding declared the week of October 9 to be "Fire Prevention Week" in 1922. The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service takes place each year at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, on the Sunday before Fire Prevention Week.