Arrival of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride Kicks off the National EMS Weekend of Honor
OXON HILL, MD—On Friday, May 18 at approximately 4 p.m., the families, friends, and colleagues of EMS and air medical professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty as well as EMS legacy personnel who have died of natural or non-employment-related causes will gather to cheer the National EMS Memorial Bike Riders as they roll into the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Lower Level Atrium (Waterfront).
The riders began their journey in Boston last Saturday and have traveled over 500 miles in the rain in honor their fallen colleagues. They will be led by law enforcement and fire/EMS vehicles as they proceed to the hotel. Bagpipe and drum corps along with honor guards from around the United States will also be there to welcome the riders.
Each of the over 130 participants and support teams will be carrying dog tags inscribed with the names of 77 individuals they have ridden in memory of over the past seven days. The riders will present their dog tags to the awaiting families, friends or colleagues. A short ceremony will follow the dog tag presentations. A team from HOPE Animal-assisted Crisis Response (www.hopeaacr.org) will also be on hand at the event.
This year’s riders were challenged by inclement weather. “Participants in the National EMS Memorial Bike Rides honor the lives of EMS providers who were perhaps their friends, family or co-workers by pedaling their bicycles over many miles of challenging terrain,” said Brian Shaw, president of NEMSBR. “A challenge that no matter how hard or grueling is a reminder that we are here and able to complete this task and shall never forget those that have left us all too soon.”
The Weekend of Honor is organized and hosted by National EMS Memorial Bike Ride, National EMS Memorial Service, and the National EMS Memorial Foundation. The lives of 36 air medical and EMS providers who died in the line of duty in 2017 will be honored and celebrated on Saturday evening at the National EMS Memorial Service.
Visit www.national-ems-memorial.org/events-2/weekend-of-tribute for more information on specific event times and locations.
Visit www.muddyangels.org/rides/east-coast for daily ride routes and updates.