WHEN: Saturday, May 21 at 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Ballroom
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA
WHO: Families, friends, and colleagues of the 32 EMS and air medical professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty in service to others will be in attendance. Honor guards along with bagpipe and drum corps travel from around the United States to volunteer their time and services in honor of the fallen. This year’s keynote speaker will be James P. Booth, EMS Chief of the City of New York Fire Department. There will also be a team from HOPE Animal-assisted Crisis Response (www.hopeaacr.org ) at the service to provide comfort and support to the families, colleagues and volunteers.
DETAILS: According to Jana Williams, president of the National EMS Memorial Service, “The purpose of the service is twofold – to honor the lives of our fallen colleagues and to provide hope, along with our unwavering support, to their families. We feel it is the responsibility of the EMS community to stand by the families during this time of tremendous loss and sometimes overwhelming grief. The annual memorial service offers an opportunity for the family, friends and associates of fallen EMS providers to meet and connect with others who understand what they’re going through.”
During the service each honoree’s family is presented with the following three items:
- A U.S. flag that has flown over the Nation’s Capital – denoting the honoree’s service to country
- A white rose – representing undying love
- A medallion – signifying eternal memory
A national moment of silence is called during the service at 6:00 p.m. (Eastern) and EMS agencies across the U.S. participate in 30 seconds of radio silence in remembrance of the fallen. Additionally, a tribute video, prepared specifically in honor and remembrance of the year’s honorees, will be shown.
Every year of the National EMS Memorial “Tree of Life” (1993-2016) will be on display. A large panel for each year features an image of an oak tree with bronze leaves that are engraved with the names of fallen honorees.
For those who cannot attend but would like to see the service, a live stream video will be done via the following internet link: http://live.hosted.events/NationalEMSMemorialService/. It will begin at approximately 5:00 p.m. EDT.
A Candlelight Ceremony will close out the evening. A light reception sponsored by the Board of Directors of the National EMS Memorial Service follows and all participants are invited to attend.
The Weekend of Honor is organized and hosted by the following volunteer-staffed organizations: National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, National EMS Memorial Service, and the National EMS Memorial Foundation. See http://www.national-ems-memorial.org/events-2/weekend-of-tribute for more information on the specific event times and locations.