The John Armiger Scholarship Fund

In 2011 a small group of individuals who played a role in the annual Fallen Heroes Day memorial service wanted to recognize both John Armiger, Sr. and John Armiger, Jr. for the generosity they provided to Maryland’s public safety officers. The result was the creation of the John Armiger Scholarship Fund, Inc.

The mission of the Fund is to provide college scholarships to young men and women interested in pursuing a career in the sworn ranks of Maryland’s fire/rescue/EMS services, law enforcement agencies, and correctional services.

"The Board of the Armiger Scholarship Fund is pleased to have the opportunity to honor John Armiger, Jr and his father for the gift they gave the public safety community and our fallen heroes both in terms of dedicating space and

establishing the annual memorial service," says Bill Kalista, President of the Board of Trustees. When informed of the creation of the scholarship fund, John Armiger, Jr. stated that he was both humbled and honored that anyone would want to recognize his family for what he sees as a duty to those who serve our community.


Fallen Heroes Memorial

Fallen Heroes Day

The annual memorial service is held on the first Friday in May and has become the state’s unofficial ceremony recognizing the families and friends of those public safety employees who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities. It is an opportunity for the public to honor those who died in the line of

« Fallen Heroes Memorial 
at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens

duty and to recognize the risk public servants take each day when they put on their uniform and go to work. The Fallen Heroes Day ceremony, which attracts some 1,200 people from across the state, honors members of all branches of Maryland’s public safety community who lost their lives in the line of duty during the previous year.

In June 2007, Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens was purchased by John O. Mitchell III of the family-owned Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home in Rogers Forge/ Towson, MD. The Mitchell family is proud to continue the tradition of Fallen Heroes Day.