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National EMS Memorial Service

The National EMS Memorial Service

The National EMS Memorial Service is a nondenominational ceremony held each year to honor those men and women of America's EMS systems who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

During the ceremony family members, friends, coworkers, EMS and political leaders, and colleagues from EMS agencies from around the nation come together to remember their loved ones and colleagues.

Seating for family members begins approximately one hour before the start of the program. Attendees are greeted by members of EMS honor guards, representing agencies from across America, "standing post" at the entrances to the church.

Typically, the Program progresses as follows: