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The Honor Guard

Tradition and Honor Among our EMS and Partner Agencies

Participation in community celebrations and ceremonial occasions of other organizations is a wonderful opportunity for our EMS agency to present a positive professional face in the community. The "colors" or flags of organizations are a symbol of an organization's unique identity and its loyalty to and alliance with other organizations. Uniformed organizations "on parade" typically are led by a color guard carrying the flags of the nation and state to which they belong, along with the organization's flag. Worcester EMS has maintained an active honor guard for several years.

The "honor guard" is a group of individuals specially trained to perform the duties of the color guard, plus other ceremonial functions. Perhaps the most important duty of an honor guard is to provide support to the funeral of an organization member or close associate who has died in the line of duty. Other roles include flag ceremonies, escorting dignitaries and families at formal functions and assisting other organizations in times of tragedy or celebration. Our honor guard has developed a distinctive uniform to facilitate our unique functions. Although we do indeed attend to funerals, we also participate in community events such as the Worcester St. Patrick's Day Parade (photo below), where we have won "best presentation" awards several times.




We are listed on the National Association of EMT's web site as an active and available honor guard. If you want additional information about our honor guard, please contact us.

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UMass Memorial EMS is a Department of the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, the region’s only Level I ACS verified trauma center. UMass Memorial (Worcester) EMS is wholly owned and operated by the Medical Center. UMass Memorial Lifeflight is operated by Air Methods Corp. (QMLA253U) and staffed by UMass Memorial Medical Center.