Editor's note: The Michigan Fireman's Memorial Festival Committee met tonight (July 15) to discuss the annual festival.

Firefighters, EMS, and friends:

It is with great sadness we have decided to postpone the Michigan Fireman's Memorial Festival until 2021. COVID-19 has caused postponements or cancellation of multiple events across the state, including the Memorial Service by the Michigan Firefighter's Association.

As a result, the committee has had to make several other adjustments.

One of those adjustments is the cancellation of our annual $5,000 raffle. This helps defray many of the expenses we incur each year. However, we are having a separate “non face to face” raffle to replace it. Tickets are $5 each with the drawing is scheduled for Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. You don't need to be present to win.

Tickets are available by emailing MFMFC.vendor@gmail.com, any committee member or through our Facebook page at Michigan Fireman's Memorial Festival Committee.

We've also started sales of our collectors badges. That drawing is scheduled for Sept. 19 as well. Badges are available at the Higgins Lake-Roscommon Chamber of Commerce, or by emailing MFMFC.vendor@gmail.com.

The Michigan Firemen's Memorial Festival Magazine is also in production and will be available on newsstands soon! Please support our advertisers.

Looking forward, we are developing several new concepts for 2021, and are looking for volunteers and new members to help. We hope to make good use of this off year as we focus more strongly on our mission, which is to support and honor our fire departments and first responders: “Protecting those who protect us.”

For more information on the festival and committee, please visit our website at firemensmemorial.com.

See you in 2021!

Michigan Firemen's Memorial Festival Committee
President: Ed Sadlacek
Vice-President: Fred Bradley
Secretary: Ruth Walczak
Treasurer: Dar Smith
Trustees: Bruce Lorion, Jim Stender, Ed Thoma, Doug Hodges, Robbin Meyers, Calvin Witherspoon, Jennie Stead.
Members: Debbie Emery, Donna Thoma, Rich Walczak, Scott Smith, Jan Lorion, Jake Edwards, Terry Gallagher, Cari Talarico, Don Nickel, Faye Nickel, George Ferguson, Marilyn Ferguson, Mark Constance, Megan Milnes, Kathryn Schmidt, Ron Bradley, Jim Bradley, Al Smith, Shirley Reilly, Tom Raymond, Vickie Raymond, Roy Spangler, Ed Pearen, Gerald Wall, Brian Farrington, Phil Lumsden, Emil Meissner, and Jan Meissner



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