A convoy of EMS personnel is making its way across the states as part of the 2022 National EMS Weekend of Honor. On Tuesday, that convoy received escort through Warren County.
The National EMS Memorial Service began its inception in 1991 by the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS). The group realized there were national memorials for firefighters and police officers, but nothing to recognize the EMS providers.
In 1992, a ceremony was held to recognize EMS providers who died in the line of duty. The event brought in people from several states. Later that year, VAVRS established the National EMS Memorial Service Committee.
“The purpose of the National EMS Memorial Service is 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.”
A memorial location inside the City of Roanoke, Virginia was chosen. Roanoke was the home of Julian Stanley Wise, the founder of the Roanoke Life Saving and First Aid Crew, the first volunteer rescue squad in the United States.
In May of 1998, Congress recognized the National EMS Memorial Service as the official National EMS Memorial of the United States.
In 2008, a new, permanent outdoor National EMS Memorial was established in Colorado Springs. The first memorial service in the city was held in 2010.
In 2015, the National EMS Memorial Service, National EMS Memorial Foundation and the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride collaborated on a shared vision and plan to honor the fallen EMS heroes. In 2016, the National EMS Memorial Service was held in Arlington, Va.
According to the National EMS Memorial Service website, it “remains in the greater Washington D.C. area to strengthen the effort being led by the National EMS Memorial Foundation to establish a permanent National EMS Memorial.”
The convoy of EMS personnel that passed through Warren County began in Dallas, Tx. and will travel to Arlington, Va. to honor 72 fallen EMS workers.
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