National EMS Weekend of Honor Returns to Virginia and Pays Tribute to Fallen EMS Heroes

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Special events open to the public include:
National EMS Memorial Service & National EMS Memorial Bike Ride

Washington, D.C. (May 6, 2016) – The National EMS Memorial Service, the National EMS Memorial Foundation and the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride will pay tribute to 32 fallen EMS and air medical providers from 15 states during the 2016 National EMS Weekend of Honor, scheduled May 20-22 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington, Va.

There are many activities and events during the three-day 2016 National EMS Weekend of Honor, 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 2016 honorees:

Media inquiries and interview requests, please contact:
Sara Hunt, Public Relations Coordinator
804-994-1120
SaraHuntPR@gmail.com

Tammy Chatman, PIO
414-791-6655
tchatman@mrmcffl.org

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016
Arrival & Tribute of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR)

  • The NEMSMBR celebrates the lives of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice as well as those EMS legacy personnel who have died of natural or non-employment-related causes.
  • About 100 EMS Memorial Bike Riders, led by a procession of EMS vehicles, will arrive at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, concluding a trip that began on May 14 in Boston and kicking off the 2016 Weekend of Honor.
  • Riders are predominantly EMS professionals from across the U.S., and each rider wears dog tags bearing an honoree’s name, agency and date of their loss.
  • Upon arrival at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, the Presentation of Dog Tags to the families will occur. The rider will meet the family in front of the honoree’s biography to present one of their two dog tags worn during the ride – an emotionally powerful part of the Honor Weekend. The rider will keep the other dog tag as a lifetime reminder of the honoree’s sacrifice.

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SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016
National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS)

  • The National EMS Memorial Service, a formal ceremony to honor fallen EMS professionals, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.
  • The entire memorial service can be viewed via live-streaming.
  • Hundreds of EMS personnel from across the country will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the NEMSMS, along with friends, co-workers of current and past honorees, dignitaries, EMS and business leaders, and government officials.
  • All participants in the NEMSMS will be in dress uniform, flight suits, or similar appropriate attire.
  • Honor Guards, along with bagpipe and drum corps will volunteer their time and services throughout the weekend.
  • An American flag, sent by President Barack Obama on behalf of a grateful nation, is presented to each honoree’s family along with the NEMSMS medallion.
  • During the service, a National Moment of Silence will be called at 6:00 PM (Eastern), so that EMS agencies across the U.S. can pause simultaneously in 30 seconds of radio silence to pay respect and remember the fallen—together.
  • The year’s honorees are highlighted in a special Tribute Video, followed by an uplifting Candlelight Ceremony that concludes the service.
  • The National EMS Memorial “Tree of Life” will be on display. Bronze oak leaves are engraved with the names of fallen honorees for each year since 1993.

In August 2015, the three EMS organizations named above agreed to collaborate on a shared vision and strategic plan to honor EMS heroes who have died in the line of duty. They are continuing to move forward with efforts to establish a permanent National EMS Memorial in the greater Washington, D.C. area, an effort being led by the National EMS Memorial Foundation. More updates on these efforts will be forthcoming.

“This year, the National EMS Weekend of Honor coincides with the conclusion of National EMS Week, which is May 15-21,” said Jana Williams, president of the National EMS Memorial Service. “Our nation’s capital area in Northern Virginia is a fitting location for these annual memorial events that commemorate our country’s brave men and women in the field of emergency medical services.”

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Editor’s Note: High-res images can be downloaded from Dropbox at:
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2016 National EMS Memorial Service Honorees

Michael F. Cavanagh
FDNY-EMS, NY

Francis Charles
FDNY-EMS, NY

Shane Michael Clifton
City of St. Paul Fire Department, MN

Luis de Peña Jr.
FDNY-EMS, NY

Chad Frary
Native Air, AZ

Thomas Giammarino
FDNY-EMS, NY

Thomas Fritz Hampl
American Ambulance / SkyLife Helicopter, CA

Daniel Hampton
City of Burnet Fire Department, TX

Stuart Hardy
Burton Fire Department, SC

Rick G. Hartley
Southeast Colorado Hospital Ambulance Service, CO

Kyle Juarez
American Ambulance / SkyLife Helicopter, CA

Kenneth Krulish
St. Johns County Fire Rescue, FL

Janice M. Keen-Livingston
West End Ambulance Service, PA

Marco Antonio Lopez
American Ambulance / SkyLife Helicopter, CA

John Mackey
Jessamine County EMS, KY

James V. Maguire IV
Hillsborough Rescue Squad, NJ

Patrick Edwin Mahany Jr.
Flight for Life-Colorado, CO

Matt Mathews
Eagle Med, OK

William Lawrence McKinney Jr.
Rockingham County EMS, NC

Kristin Elizabeth McLain
Travis County StarFlight, TX

Harold McNeil
FDNY-EMS, NY

Barry Garfield Miller
Bergen Fire Department Inc., NY

Douglas Mulholland
FDNY-EMS, NY

William C. Olsen
FDNY-EMS, NY

Linda Ohlson
FDNY-EMS, NY

Ralph E. Oswald
Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps, NY

Hinal Patel
Spotswood Emergency Medical Services, NJ

Kenneth Duane Prunty
Tri-Community Ambulance, PA

Ronald Rector
ARCH Air Medical, MO

Tyrone Rogers
FDNY-EMS, NY

David Schneider
Native Air, AZ

Erik Park Steciak
Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company, MD

EMS Organizations Announce Date & Location for 2016 Memorial Service to Honor Fallen EMS Heroes

Washington, DC. (Oct. 30, 2015) – The National EMS Memorial Service, the National EMS Memorial Foundation and the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride are pleased to announce that the 2016 National EMS Weekend of Honor will take place the third weekend in May, which coincides with the conclusion of National EMS Week. The weekend features multiple events to honor the nation’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers, particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride’s East Coast route takes place May 14-20, 2016. The ride begins in Boston and ends in Arlington, Va., arriving in time to open the Weekend of Honor. The NEMSMBR implements long distance cycling events that recognize the lives of EMS providers who have died in the line of duty, as well as providers who have given significantly to EMS and have died of other causes.

The weekend’s culminating event, the National EMS Memorial Service, which honors fallen EMS providers who have died in the line of duty, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway in Arlington, on the afternoon of Saturday, May 21.

While many details about the specific activities are still being planned for the EMS Weekend of Honor, a block of rooms has been held at the hotel and anyone interested in attending the events may book a room in the block from now until April 25, 2016, when the block is released.

To book a room in the block, visit https://resweb.passkey.com/go/nemsms. The booking link provides additional information about the hotel property. Attendees can also call toll-free 1-888-421-1442. When booking by phone, please reference “National EMS Memorial Service Annual Service.”

In August 2015, the three organizations agreed to collaborate on a shared vision and strategic plan to honor EMS heroes who have died in the line of duty. They are also moving forward with efforts to establish a permanent National EMS Memorial in the greater Washington, D.C. area, an effort being led by the National EMS Memorial Foundation.

“We are pleased that the date and location are confirmed for the 2016 service and Weekend of Honor,” said Jana Williams, president of the National EMS Memorial Service. “We are excited to partner with these organizations and Hyatt to appropriately gather, pause and provide the tribute our EMS colleagues and their families so richly deserve.”

More updates about the National EMS Memorial Service, the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride and the EMS Weekend of Honor will be forthcoming.

About the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride:

The National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, Inc. honors Emergency Medical Services personnel by organizing and implementing long distance cycling events that memorialize and celebrate the lives of those who serve every day, those who have become sick or injured while performing their duties, and those who have died in the line of duty. For more information, visit www.muddyangels.org. “Like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/muddyangels; Follow us on Twitter at @nemsmbr and on Instagram at @nemsmbr.

For National EMS Memorial Bike Ride
Media inquiries and interview requests, contact:
Trish Jubinville, Public Information Officer
315-212-1589
pio@muddyangels.org

About the National EMS Memorial Foundation:

The National Emergency Medical Services Memorial Foundation’s sole purpose is to establish a permanent EMS memorial in Washington DC or its environs to honor, recognize and remember the commitment, service and sacrifice of the Nation’s EMS heroes who have died in the line of duty and for those who continue this service commitment and sacrifice. For more information, visit www.emsmemorial.com. “Like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-EMS-Memorial-Foundation/139542192884813?fref=ts; Follow us on Twitter at @EMSmemorial

For National EMS Memorial Foundation
Media inquiries and interview requests, contact:
Katie Orsino, Executive Director
617-596-9550
Katie@emsmemorial.com

About the National EMS Memorial Service:

The National EMS Memorial Service was established to remember and honor those emergency medical services personnel who have died in the line of duty and to recognize the ultimate sacrifice they have made for their fellow man. An all-volunteer effort, the Service is held annually for honorees families supported by participants and Honor Guard members from across the US and includes the National EMS Moment of Silence. For more information, visit www.national-ems-memorial.org. “Like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NEMSMS; Follow us on Twitter at @NEMSMS and @NEMSMSweekend.

For National EMS Memorial Service
Media inquiries and interview requests, contact:
Sara Hunt, Public Relations Coordinator
804-994-1120
SaraHuntPR@gmail.com

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Why Red Poppies on Memorial Day?

In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms. Michael. When she returned to France she made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help.

Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms. Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.

 

2015 Weekend of Tribute

Weekend of Tribute 
June 25 – 28, 2015

The events are hosted in two cities; Littleton and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The following is schedule of events for the Weekend of Tribute. If you plan on attending the full weekend of events, we recommend you fly into Denver on Thursday morning, June 25 and rent a car for the drive to Colorado Springs (approx. 1 hr. drive) on Friday June 26 following the Air Medical Memorial Services. All of the Memorial events are non-denominational.

If you have any questions about the Weekend, please do not hesitate to contact:

Steven Sweeney, Founder, Air Medical Memorial at ssweeney@amcs3.org
Christina Gasparich, Director, Behind the Wings Family Support Network cgasparich@amcs3.org
Rande McCrary, Board Member, National EMS Memorial Service at randemccrary@sbcglobal.net
Robert Collett, Colorado Route Coordinator, National EMS Memorial Bike Ride at robert.collett@uchealth.org

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.