The University Park Honor Guard was established in 2008 to honor the traditions of the fire service by representing the department at certain memorial services and funerals, awards ceremonies, parades, and sporting events. Appropriately, in keeping with the often solemn nature of their activities, Honor Guard members are required to exhibit the highest degree of professionalism and character at all times.
Each year the University Park Fire Department remembers those who died during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania with a Posting of the Colors. The morning ceremony begins near the actual time of the first impact at the World Trade Center. University Park, Highland Park and Southern Methodist University (SMU) come together at the flag pole on SMU campus. In addition to the posting of the colors, the ceremony includes the ringing of the department's fire bell and remarks by the City Chaplin. Members of the public are welcome to attend the ceremony. 412 emergency workers died as they attempted to implement rescue and fire suppression efforts at the World Trade Center. Overall, the attacks claimed 2,974 lives, excluding the 19 hijackers.