For those who may not know, the reason we participate in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride is to honor those EMS providers whom we have lost during the past year. Each of the cyclists ride in memory of one of the fallen. We carry metal dog tags around our necks inscribed with their names. These tags stay with us for the duration as we ride. At the end of the event, each rider gives one of the dog tags to the family of the lost and keeps the other as a personal reminder of the person whom we memorialize.
While this is a week filled with camaraderie and friendship, it is also a solemn reminder of the sacrifices we all make in order to serve our communities and our nation in so many ways. It is a reminder of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice who are now remembered by those of us left behind. Continue Reading →