The National EMS Memorial Service, the National EMS Memorial Foundation and the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR) will join together as organizers of the 2016 National EMS Weekend of Honor, scheduled to take place the third weekend in May, coinciding 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 in Arlington, Virginia on the afternoon of Saturday, May 21, 2016.
The memorial service was established to remember and honor EMS 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.
“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 that our EMS colleagues and their families so richly deserve.”
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.