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Announcement of 2020 National EMS Weekend of Honor

Preparations for the 2020 National EMS Memorial Weekend of Honor are underway in Maryland. (Photos provided by the organization.)

The National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS), the National EMS Memorial Foundation and the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR) announce that preparations are underway for the 2020 National EMS Memorial Weekend of Honor.

It is scheduled for May 15-17 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill, Maryland, 20745.

The weekend includes a series of events that honor all Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers from air and ground who serve, but especially those who become ill or have been injured related to their duty, and culminates with the formal Service to specifically honor in the highest degree, those who have died in the line-of-duty. 

The events recognize EMS responders from across the United States.  This years’ National EMS Memorial Service will pay tribute to 24 EMS fallen who made the ultimate sacrifice.

There will be several activities during the three days including two events that the public and media are invited and encouraged to attend as a show of support for the selfless service and sacrifice of the 24 honorees for 2020.

On Friday afternoon, May 15, 2019, the arrival and tribute ceremony of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride will occur. The riders will be arriving at the National Harbor Plaza at approximately 4 p.m. Then on Saturday evening, May 16, 2020 at 5 p.m. the National EMS Memorial Service, a formal ceremony to honor fallen EMS professionals from ground and air medical, will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

The NEMSMS’s annual Line-of-Duty Death Seminar will be held on Friday, May 15, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and is open to all who serve in EMS, Air Medical, Fire Service, or Law Enforcement and is offered at no cost to participants. Chaplains and other support personnel are also invited to participate. Registration is required and can be completed at www.national-ems-memorial.org

The National EMS Weekend of Honor coincides with the beginning of the 46th annual National EMS Week, which will be May 17-23.

During the Weekend of Honor, the “Tree of Life” will be on display at the Gaylord.  While there are permanent national memorials to honor other first responders in both law enforcement and fire services, there is no such memorial yet to honor EMS providers who have died in the line-of-duty. 

The Tree of Life was constructed as a temporary EMS memorial until a permanent one exists. On November 3, 2018 the President of the United States signed Public Law 115-275 to enable the National EMS Memorial Foundation to build a permanent EMS memorial in the nation’s capital.