Weekend of Honor

We are proud to honor your loved one who gave his or her life in the line of duty. Each year, hundreds of EMS professionals from around the nation come together during this Weekend of Honor. It is a weekend of events designed to recognize and honor your loved one’s ultimate sacrifice and to provide support to the loved ones, like you, who are left behind. We hope you will join us for these important and meaningful events.

Further Weekend of Honor information:

• If you plan on attending the full weekend of events, we recommend flying into Reagan National Airport on Friday, May 19.

• The Hyatt Regency-Crystal City is offering special rates.

This year’s room rates are as noted below:
Single/Double: $163
Triple: $188
Quad: $213
Rates are subject to applicable taxes, currently 13.25%.

Here is a link guest’s can use to make their reservations:


• All of the Memorial events are non-denominational.

• You are encouraged to arrive early enough to be at the event hotel (Hyatt Regency-Crystal City) by early to mid-afternoon. There is a shuttle service between the airport and the hotel.

• If you have any questions about the Weekend, please do not hesitate to contact: Rande McCrary, Director, National EMS Memorial Service at rande.mccrary@national-ems-memorial.org.

Washington, DC

Washington, DC is the home to the National EMS Memorial Service and the future home of the National EMS Memorial. We invite all friends and families to attend the events of the National EMS Memorial Service Weekend of Honor, honoring all EMS professionals who have given their lives in the line of duty. All honorees, including air medical, are honored in the National EMS Memorial Service.


Schedule of Events

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hotel Headquarters: Hyatt Regency-Crystal City at Reagan National Airport 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, VA 22202 703-418-1234 Recommended check-in is Friday, May 19; check-out, Sunday, May 21.

Event 1

National EMS Memorial Service Registration Table & Memorial Gift Booth
Location: Hyatt Regency—-Registration – Washington Foyer Ballroom Level, Gift Booth Washington A
Time: Noon – 6 p.m. Please register at the National EMS Memorial Service table, which will be located in the Washington Foyer Ballroom Level Volunteers will provide you with packets of information and ensure that you and your guests are registered for all of the events. The volunteers will also be available to answer any questions you may have or assist with any of your needs. A Memorial Gift Booth will also be set up at this location.

Event 2

EMS Memorial Bike Riders Welcome & Tribute to the Honorees
Location: Hyatt Regency-Crystal City Independence Center Reception: Independence Center A
Time: Approx. 4 – 5 p.m.
Attire: Casual, The EMS Memorial Bike Riders ride into Arlington led by a procession of EMS vehicles and will arrive at the Hilton Hyatt Regency-Crystal City between 4 – 5 p.m. The purpose of the ride is to celebrate the lives of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The riders are predominantly EMS professionals from across the U.S. Each rider wears dog tags bearing an honoree’s name during the ride. After all of the EMS Memorial Bike Riders have arrived, the Presentation of Dog Tags will occur. The rider will meet the family in front of the honoree’s biography to present the dog tags worn during the ride. This is a very powerful and inspirational part of the Honor Weekend. The Presentation of the Dog Tags is followed by a short ceremony also in the Hyatt Regency

Event 3

Dealing with our loss
Location: Prince William 3rd Floor
Time: 7 p.m.
Attire: Casual attire This survivors-only event is an opportunity to meet and talk with others who are enduring similar experiences. Facilitated by Lanett Stephan, who lost her father in the line of duty, this gathering is a time to share with those who understand like no other. “Those who have suffered understand suffering and therefore extend their hand.” – Patti Smith


Saturday, May 20, 2017

8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Family Registration and Volunteer Check-In continues with Memorial Gift Booth

Event 4

Family Rehearsal Breakfast
Location: President’s Quarters-3rd Floor
Time: 8 – 10 a.m.
Attire: Casual attire

**It is important that families whose loved ones are being honored in the National EMS Memorial Service attend this breakfast, as it also serves as an overview and rehearsal of the Service. A breakfast buffet is served to all family members while the Memorial Service staff provide an overview of the Memorial Service: What to expect and details on the flag presentation to the family. This will serve as a rehearsal for the evening’s ceremony. Please make certain the NEMSMS Board Members know 1) That you will be participating in the Memorial Service; 2) How many of your family members/friends will be attending so we can seat you together; 3) Who will be going to the stage to receive the US Flag, rose, and medallion; and 4) How to correctly pronounce the name of your loved one.

Event 5

Children’s Activity
Location: Prince William
Time: 8:45 a.m.
Attire: Causal

Child life specialists are specifically trained in helping children cope with the loss of a loved one. We typically work with children in the hospital setting, but this weekend, we’ll be available to work with your children. We hope to meet you at the picnic on Friday night and get to know a little bit about your family. On Saturday morning, we’ll be hosting a mini-grief camp where we’ll be playing some ice-breaker games as well as doing a therapeutic grief activity. We understand that the memorial service on Saturday evening may be an emotional one for you and for your child. We will be available to provide extra support to children who may be having a difficult time that evening. We look forward to meeting you and working with your children.

Free Time

Families are encouraged to explore Washington, DC and the surrounding areas. Make sure you plan to return to the hotel in plenty of time to get ready and arrive at for the service by 4 p.m. You should plan to eat or have a snack before the service as there won’t be an opportunity to do so until the service is over.

Event 6

National EMS Memorial Service
Location: Hyatt Regency-Crystal City @ Regan National Airport Regency Ballroom-Ballroom Level
Time: 4 p.m. family arrival; service begins at 5 p.m.
Attire: Semi-formal attire

2017 NEMSMS Program Booklet

Memorial Service - Live Streaming

The National EMS Memorial Service is held at the Hyatt Regency The Service is a formal ceremony to pay tribute to those EMS professionals who have given their lives in the line of duty. Hundreds of EMS personnel from across the country travel to Washington, DC, to participate in the Memorial Service. Family, friends, co-workers of current and past honorees, dignitaries, EMS leaders, business leaders and government officials will be in attendance.

The Memorial Service is a formal ceremony with all participants in dress uniform, flight suits, or similar appropriate attire. The Service includes bagpipe corps, drum corps, and honor guard presentations. A flag from the U.S. Capital sent by President Obama on behalf of a grateful nation is presented to each honoree’s family along with a National EMS Memorial Service medallion. During the Memorial Service, a national moment of silence is called 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.

A reception with light refreshments hosted by the National EMS Memorial Service Board of Directors follows the Memorial Service. All attendees are invited. The National EMS Memorial Oak Leaf walls will be on display. Bronze oak leaves engraved with the names of honorees since the Memorial’s inception commemorate the lives given in the line of duty.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Event 7

National EMS Memorial Service Memorial Gift Booth
Location: Washington A
Time: 6:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m., 9:45 a.m. – noon

Event 8

Family Breakfast*
Location: President’s Quarters-3rd Floor
Time: 7:30 – 10 a.m.
Attire: Casual attire

Please order your tickets here.
Breakfast Tickets

You will be able to pick up tickets at the check-in table.

The Family Breakfast is a ticketed event open only to family and friends of the honorees and invited guests. Breakfast begins at 7:30 with the program beginning at 8 a.m. This event closes the Weekend of Honor. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to share stories about your loved one and connect with others who are going through similar experiences.